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 September 29 - October 5, 2009                                                                           SMALL NEWS IS BIG NEWS                                                       Volume 3, Issue 108

Chappaqua Company Sued For Illegal Dumping North Castle
By Martin Wilbur
   A Chappaqua waste hauler suspected      Spared
of having one of its drivers dump raw
sewage into a pond three years ago is being
sued by state Attorney General Andrew

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Cuomo for illegally discharging waste into
a neighborhood stream that flows into the
New York City drinking water supply.
   Chappaqua Septic, Inc., located at 157                                                                                                                               By Martin Wilbur
Castle Rd., and one of its employees,                                                                                                                                      When word first began circulating
Timothy Price, are named in the suit that                                                                                                                               last Tuesday that Libyan dictator
was announced on Sept. 24, accusing them                                                                                                                                Moammar Khadafy might have secured
of violating the state’s clean water laws. The                                                                                                                          accommodations at Donald Trump’s Seven
company and Price could face penalties of                                                                                                                               Springs property for his recent trip to the
at least $100,000 if they are found to have                                                                                                                             United Nations, North Castle Supervisor
run afoul of environmental law. Each could                                                                                                                              Reese Berman immediately tried to find out
also be fined up to $11,250 for violating                                                                                                                               what was happening.
Chappaqua Septic’s permit to properly                                                                                                                                      Reports of a tent being erected somewhere
dispose of septic and cesspool waste. The                                                                                                                               on the sprawling 213-acre site that is in
company could also be forced to pay for                                                                                                                                 portions of North Castle, Bedford and New
cleanup of the site.                                                                                                                                                    Castle sent Berman to the phones. Few
   “This individual disregarded the law and                                                                                                      Diana Zucker photo
                                                                                                                                                                        answers were immediately forthcoming as
common sense when he dumped a tanker                       State attorney General andrew cuomo is suing chappaqua Septic, inc. in state Supreme court for allegedly
                                                                                                                                                                        the supervisor called Trump, who has had
full of sewage into a tributary to New York                dumping raw sewage into this pond on Woodland road in new castle in September 2006. Shown above
                         continued on page 2               is property owner Stephen Bauer.                                                                                                      continued on page 2

Kisco Planners Uneasy Over Grand Prix Changes BRS Student
By Neal Rentz
  Members of the Mount Kisco Planning         Wins NationalYork functions if they agree to amend the
                                                           indoor go-kart facility’s special permit.
                                                                                                                 CEO Jim Diamond, the landlord of the 333
                                                                                                                 N. Bedford Road site, are seeking changes
Board last week expressed concern about
drinking and loud music at Grand Prix New     Poetry Contest Jose Tejedor, Grand Prix New York’s
                                                           general manager, and Diamond Properties
                                                                                                                 to allow the facility to host more events
                                                                                                                 than currently permitted and with fewer
                                                                                                                 restrictions on those who can attend.
                                                                                                                    Aside from regular racing, Grand Prix               By Sam Barron
                                                                                                                 hosts social and corporate events, which                  Fourth grader Emily Apadula can thank
                                                                                                                 can attract 10 to 200 participants, Diamond            her new dog Wolfgang for helping her
                                                                                                                 said. Grand Prix originally planned on                 become one of the five winners of the first
                                                                                                                 having corporate events be a large part of             ever National Children’s Pet Poetry contest,
                                                                                                                 its business but that has fizzled due to the           sponsored by the American Pet Products
                                                                                                                 recession, he said.                                    Association (APPA)
                                                                                                                    In addition to scheduling more social                  Emily was in third grade when she wrote
                                                                                                                 events, Grand Prix wants to supplement                 the poem about a dog her family was soon
                                                                                                                 its go-kart racing with activities such as             to be getting. The contest was brought to
                                                                                                                 rock wall climbing, laser tag and paintball,           the attention of the school by Pleasantville
                                                                                                                 although “racing will always be the major              resident Andrew Darmohraj, a senior vice
                                                                                                                 aspect,” Diamond stressed.                             president for APPA.
                                                                                                                    “Grand Prix has absolutely no desire to be             “One of our initiatives is to bring attention
                                                                                                                 a nightclub facility,” he said. During its social      to the human-animal bond,” Darmohraj
                                                                                                                 functions, DJs play music, but those events            said. “We thought we could do that through
                                                                                                                 include racing.                                        poetry.”
                                                                                                                    “Grand Prix feels it has been a very                   The contest, which was judged by pet
                                                                                                                 positive addition to the community for the             writers, ended up receiving thousand of
                                                                                          anDy jacoBS photo
                                                                                                                 past 18 months,” Diamond said.                         entries. Other winners came from New York
   Panthers Jubilant                                                                                                At the Sept. 22 planning board meeting,             City, Louisiana, California and Nevada.
   pleasantville’s Michael Morra, who rushed for two touchdowns, helps lead the panther celebration following    Diamond presented the facility’s business              Emily was honored at an assembly last
   Saturday night’s 22-15 win over arch-rival Briarcliff at parkway Field. Details on pages 18 and 19.
                                                                                                                                           continued on page 2                                   continued on page 2

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                                                                                      September 29 - October 5, 2009                                                              The Examiner

AG Cuomo Sues Chappaqua Company For Illegal Dumping
continued from page 1                           gallons was spotted by two residents with        the pond owned by their neighbor, Stephen          attorney general’s action. He had been told
                                                its hose uncoiled and draped over the bank       Bauer. Subsequent testing by the agencies          that it would cost about $200,000 to dredge
City’s drinking water supply,” Cuomo said in    near a stream on Woodland Road in New            discovered dangerously high levels of              the pond.
a prepared statement released last week. “My    Castle just across the town line from Mount      bacteria in the water.                                Chappaqua Septic’s owner, Brian Murphy,
office is committed to fully and aggressively   Kisco, according to reports filed with the          The attorney general’s office’s suit stated     refused to comment on the suit when
enforcing clean water laws. We will hold the    New York City DEP and state DEC.                 that the stream is a tributary to the New          reached on Saturday at his office. Calls
individual and his employer responsible for        After the truck left the scene, the couple,   Croton Reservoir, part of the East of Hudson       placed to his attorney, Kevin Kitson, who
abandoning their responsibility to properly     Miriam and Paul Danko, went over to where        watershed that supplies New York City with         was representing the firm in Bauer’s suit,
dispose of this putrid waste.”                  the hose had been and saw a massive amount       about 10 percent of its drinking water.            were not returned.
   On Sept. 15, 2006, a Chappaqua Septic        of waste, toilet paper, sanitary napkins and        Bauer had been pressing for two years to           DEC Commissioner Pete Grannis called
truck with an estimated capacity of 3,500       condoms in the stream and seeping toward         see criminal charges filed by Westchester          the dumping “reprehensible” if the charges
                                                                                                 County District Attorney Janet DiFiore, but        are true.

Bedford Road School Student
                                                                                                 said he was happy that Chappaqua Septic               “Our state’s streams and reservoirs deserve
                                                                                                 will at least be forced to answer questions        better,” he said.
                                                                                                 regarding the incident. After a two-year              In the three years since the incident, Bauer,

Wins National Poetry Contest
                                                                                                 investigation, DiFiore’s office never brought      an avid fisherman, said he has not used the
                                                                                                 charges against the company. In July, a district   pond on his three-acre property, with the
                                                                                                 attorney’s spokesman told The Examiner             thoughts of seeing the waste flowing into
continued from page 1                              “We made a commitment to give students        that investigators had difficulty linking the      the water. He’s certain that there is still silt
                                                the opportunity to write,” Galotti said.         material in the water to Chappaqua Septic.         and bacteria in the water as a result of what
Tuesday at Bedford Road, her teacher Ann        “Poetry is filled with emotion. It’s very           “It’s gratifying and it’s also a relief,”       he characterized as a blatant violation of
Brown will receive $1,000 to spend on the       important, it really helps them. Every single    said Bauer, who brought his own lawsuit            state environmental laws. Bauer also would
classroom, and Wolfgang will receive toys.      grade has a poetry unit.”                        against Chappaqua Septic in July in hopes          like to see Chappaqua Septic have its permit
   Emily said she wrote the poem in three          Brown said that Emily winning the             of forcing the company to clean the pond.          revoked.
days, writing about four different drafts.      contest will convince other students about       “I just wanted to see people do their job,            “It’s not a right to operate with a permit,
   “I thought we’d be getting a dog soon,”      the benefits of writing poetry.                  and to protect the public and to protect the       it a privilege,” he said, “and after a situation
Emily said. “He is something that is very          “It’s great motivation for the students,”     environment.”                                      like this they should (have it revoked.)”
important to me.”                               Brown said. “We can have poetry be a                Bauer’s lawsuit is still pending and at            The suit was filed in state Supreme Court
   Emily found out she was a winner over        motivational tool.”                              least for the moment is not affected by the        in White Plains.
the summer and said she began screeching           Brown said that learning about poetry is
in the car.                                     very important in the classroom and that
   “It was fun,” Emily said. “I got to share
something that’s very important to me.”
   The poem about her dog is not Emily’s
                                                kids learn about poetic language and how to
                                                write poetry by writing about things that are
                                                important to them. She said she was very
                                                                                                 Grand Prix Changes Questioned
first poem. The budding poetry aficionado       excited for Emily and said they will meet        continued from page 1                              was worried about the specter of underage
said she loves writing poems. Among her         soon to discuss how to spend the money.                                                             drinking and drunk driving.
poems include one about an umbrella that           “I’m so proud of her,” Brown said. “She       plan, describing Grand Prix as a “membership         “The concerns I have are the mixing
was published in the school paper, a poem       has a way with words and she’s motivating        club” where a patron must buy at least a daily     of kids under 21 and alcohol,” said board
about a friend who moved away, and one          students with her poetry and her                 membership to have the opportunity to              member Joseph Morreale. “How do you
about rainbows and the sun.                     accomplishments.”                                drive. Discounts are provided to those who         keep that separate?”
   “I think about things that are important        Brown said that she thinks the money          purchase annual memberships.                         Tejedor responded that patrons who drink
and beautiful,” Emily said.                     will be spent on books, or possibly a field         “You want people to try it and become           even one alcoholic beverage are barred from
   BRS Principal Peggy Galotti said that        trip involving animals. Galotti said that        long-term, repeat customers,” he said.             racing. Wristbands obtained by members on
poetry is very important at Bedford             the decision is up to Emily and Brown, but          Despite Diamond’s assurances, planning          the day they seek to race are removed after
Road, as it gives the kids a way to express     she would like to see it spent on something      board member Stanley Bernstein said he was         they drink at the bar, he said.
themselves.                                     animal-related.                                  concerned that Grand Prix would become a             Potential drinkers are asked for
                                                                                                 nightclub with the changes.                        identification and there have been no
                                                                                                    “If Grand Prix closes, the use has been         incidents of excessive drinking at Grand

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                                                                                                 established,” Bernstein said. Having DJs and       Prix, Diamond said.
                                                                                                 live bands “makes it a nightclub,” he said.          Diamond agreed to meet with village staff
                                                                                                    But if Grand Prix ceases to operate, its        before returning to the planning board to
                                                                                                 special use permit would disappear and             discuss the request again.
                                                                                                 could not be applied to any business that            No residents participated in last week’s
                                                                                                 would take its place, Diamond countered.           hearing. The board adjourned the public

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               Restaurant and Bar                                                                Town of North Castle Spared
                                                                                                 Khadafy’s Seven Springs Visit
        487 East Main Street, Mt. Kisco, NY                                                      continued from page 1                                 The enflamed emotions stirred by the
                                                                                                                                                    strongman’s looming presence, on the eve of
             Thursday, October 8th from                                                          plenty of dealings in recent years with the
                                                                                                 town regarding the Seven Springs site.
                                                                                                                                                    his address before the U.N. General Assembly,
                                                                                                                                                    wasn’t just a knee-jerk reaction against a
                7:00 pm to 10:00 PM                                                                 While town officials later that day were
                                                                                                 relieved to learn that one of the more reviled
                                                                                                                                                    dictator. He has long been suspected of
                                                                                                                                                    helping to mastermind the bombing of Pan
                                                                                                 world leaders would not be within their
                                 Sponsored by                                                    borders, they also felt for their neighbors in
                                                                                                                                                    Am Flight 103 more than 20 years ago, with
                                                                                                                                                    at least five Westchester natives perishing in

                    Leonard Park Wines
                                                                                                 the Town of Bedford, who had to deal with          the attack, according to a Web site dedicated
                                                                                                 the distraction and the possibility that state,    to the victims. There were 259 people on
                                                                                                 county and local resources might have to
                             $40 per person
                                                                                                                                                    board the plane and another 11 residents on
                                                                                                 expended to protect Khadafy.                       the ground over Scotland. It also hit a deeper
                                                                                                    “I don’t think he’s welcome in Bedford          nerve for North Castle Councilman Gerard
      Please RSVP to Q Authentic Restaurant and BBQ by October 4th                               and Mr. Khadafy is not and will never be           Geist.
                                                                                                 welcomed in North Castle,” Berman said.               “We lost two people (from North Castle)
                           (914) 241-7427                                                           As it turned out, Khadafy’s ever-changing
                                                                                                 plans never brought him to stay overnight in
                                                                                                                                                    in Lockerbie in 1988 and we’ll never forget
                                                                                                                                                    that,” Geist said.
                                                                                                 the area. The Town of Bedford on Tuesday              The aircraft was filled with students
                                                                                                 issued a stop work order after the large           and business travelers who were mainly
                                                                                                 Bedouin-style tent his entourage pitched at        from Great Britain and the United States,
                                                                                                 least temporarily halted its occupation.           including many from the New York area.
                                                                                                    Then on Wednesday afternoon it                  What made it worse is just over a month ago
                                                                                                 appeared that Khadafy would be coming up           the one terrorist who was tried and convicted
                                                                                                 to Westchester after all. County Executive         in the Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi,
                                                                                                 Andrew Spano’s office issued a release             was released by the Scottish government on
                                                                                                 stating that the Secret Service had notified       humanitarian grounds but was given a hero’s
                                                                                                 Westchester authorities that at some point         welcome upon return to his native Libya.
                                                                                                 Khadafy was going to be on his way to                 Geist said Khadafy should have been
                                                                                                 Bedford.                                           confined to the United Nations and has no
                                                                                                    “We have no choice but to help with law         business in Westchester.
                                                                                                 enforcement, but I remain outraged that our           “He may have a visa to be at the U.N.,”
                                                                                                 taxpayers have to help protect someone that        Geist said, “but he has no visa to be in
                                                                                                 we don’t want in this county,” Spano said.         Westchester County.”                                                                 June 3 June 9, 2008
                                                                                  September 29 - October 5, 2009                                                                                            3

County Approves Federal Housing Settlement
By Abby Luby                                                                                                                                                        Kaplowitz said it was impossible to know
   Last week the Westchester County Board                                                                                                                       how much legal fees would have escalated
of Legislators voted to accept a settlement                                                                                                                     if the case was appealed.
agreement to the controversial lawsuit                                                                                                                              “It could be another $5 or $10 million
brought against Westchester County by the                                                                                                                       just to pay the lawyers,” he said. “This isn’t
Anti-Discrimination Center (ADC).                                                                                                                               a fun law school debate. This is real life
   The settlement stipulates that Westchester                                                                                                                   and we don’t have a lot of leverage here.”
spend $50 million over the next seven                                                                                                                           The board needed to approve the borrowing
years to build 750 affordable homes in                                                                                                                          of $36 million of the $51.6 million to be
communities with few minorities.                                                                                                                                spent on the housing. County Legislator
   The original allegation, which came under                                                                                                                    John Nonna said he was convinced to vote
the Federal False Claims Act, accused the                                                                                                                       for the settlement once the $51.6 million
county of taking $50 million over the last                                                                                                                      spending cap was put on building the
six years in community development block                                                                                                                        affordable housing units.
grants but failed to comply with developing                                                                                                                         “We should not be responsible nor
a plan leading to a less segregated county.                                                                                                                     have any penalties related to building the
   Legislators voted just two days before the                                                                                                                   750 units if there is an inability to do so
federal government’s deadline. If that Sept.                                                                                                                    for reasons beyond the county’s control,”
24 deadline had been missed, the county                                                                                                                         Nonna said.
would have had to pursue the case in court                                                                                                                          Hawthorne            resident          Jim
and could have faced fees and fines ranging                                                                                                                     Russell, who organized the group
from $180 to $300 million.                         county Legislator Michael kaplowitz, left, and Minority Leader George oros were two of the lawmakers on      SaveOurNeighborhoods.US,            criticized
   Twelve of the 17 legislators voted to           opposite sides of the federal housing settlement issue last week. kaplowitz stated challenging the federal   Nonna for voting against the county
accept the settlement. However, in order to        government in court would be too risky while oros said victory on appeal was achievable.                     settlement.
approve the $36 million bond to pay for a                                                                                                                           “It is a sad day for Westchester County
majority of the cost, it required the 12-vote                                                                                                                   when the majority of its legislators cave in
supermajority.                                     ‘It could be another $5                                  ‘To get the best bang                               to federal intimidation,” Russell said. “Now
   County Executive Andrew Spano                                                                                                                                it is up to Westchester residents to organize
commended the legislators on their vote.            or $10 million just to                                   for the buck means                                 locally to protect their neighborhoods
In a statement issued by his office, he said                                                                                                                    from the implementation of the settlement.
the housing settlement would have no tax                pay the lawyers.’                                    building [affordable                               There may also be legal measures available
implications.                                                                                                                                                   to challenge this action by the board of
   “It also ensures that the county’s
municipalities will continue to receive $15                   MICHAEL KAPLOWITz                             housing] in areas that                              legislators.”
                                                                                                                                                                    An implementation plan outlining how
million in federal funds for infrastructure
and other improvements.”
                                                      Oros, the county board of legislator’s                   are affordable.’                                 the county will move forward on building
                                                                                                                                                                the affordable homes is due Dec. 8. The
                                                   Republican minority leader, contended
   Legislator Michael Kaplowitz, who               that the county could win in a higher                                                                        plan will spell out how many units will be
brought a roulette wheel to his desk before        court under judges who would ultimately                                GEORGE OROS                           for rental and how many for ownership.
the vote, said voting against the settlement       recognize Westchester’s ongoing efforts to                                                                       “Right now we are soliciting a number
                                                                                                          prices and limited town services in many
was too risky. “It would be a gamble with          build affordable housing in communities                                                                      of communities who have an interest in
                                                                                                          areas, it was impossible to put affordable
uncertain odds of success,” he said.               where it was cost effective.                                                                                 building affordable housing,” explained
                                                                                                          housing in some towns.
   The five legislators who rejected the              “To get the best bang for the buck means                                                                  Kaplowitz. “It’s a big puzzle. We expect that
                                                                                                            “What we have to do in the whole
settlement and favored appealing it in the         building [affordable housing] in areas                                                                       we will spend around $68,000 per unit. We
                                                                                                          region is educate and train people for more
courts were Thomas Abinanti, Gordon                that are affordable,” he said. “That means                                                                   could only end up with a total of 300 or 500
                                                                                                          opportunities to make more money so
Burrows, James Maisano Martin Rogowsky             areas with water and sewer lines and mass                                                                    units. You just don’t know.”
                                                                                                          they are able to afford better housing,” said
and George Oros.                                   transit.” Oros said because of high land               Oros.

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Mt. Kisco Amends Ambulance Corps Benefits Proposition
By Neal Rentz                                       of those municipalities are serviced by        Ambulance Corps, told the village                     supports the program, but wants the
   The Mount Kisco Village Board of                 the Mount Kisco Volunteer Ambulance            board last month that the corps wanted                village board and the corps to review
Trustees has finalized the wording of               Corps.                                         to create an incentive to retain veteran              how points are distributed and consider
the Election Day proposition that will                “Based on 2008 data it is anticipated        volunteers. Most of the corps’ 40 active              possible changes in the system. Grunthal
ask residents to approve a benefits                 that $25,000 of the estimated annual           members are between the ages of 30                    said under state law the point system
program for volunteer ambulance corps               cost of the program will be paid by the        and 45, Feldman said. The corps has                   could be changed after the program’s
members.                                            Town of New Castle and $5,000 of the           estimated that 25 of the “core members”               establishment.
   In August, trustees unanimously                  estimated annual cost will be paid by the      would be eligible for benefits under the                The village has been meeting with
approved putting up a proposition on                Town of Bedford,” the proposition now          service award program, he said.                       the ambulance corps about the point
Nov. 3 to create a Length of Service                states in part. “The remaining unpaid            Trustee Peter Grunthal said he                      system, he said.
Award Program for corps volunteers.                 balance of $30,000 will be paid by the
It would be similar to the one offered              Village/Town of Mount Kisco. However,
to the village’s volunteer firefighters,            the Village/Town of Mount Kisco will
which provides payments to members
who qualify under terms of a state point
                                                    absorb any such costs not paid by either
                                                    or both such communities.”
                                                      If voters approve the ballot measure,
                                                                                                   Change of Use Legislation
   At the Sept. 21 village board meeting,
trustees needed to approve changes in
the ballot proposition’s language to meet
                                                    payments would be made to eligible
                                                    volunteers when they reached 65 years
                                                    old. Those who earned enough points
                                                                                                   Being Drafted in Mt. Kisco
                                                                                                   By Neal Rentz                                         additional parking spaces.”
Westchester County Board of Election                would be paid $20 per month for each             The Mount Kisco village attorney is                    Otherwise, the building inspector would
requirements, Mayor Michael Cindrich                year of service, up to a maximum of 40         putting the finishing touches on legislation          only need to provide a minor change of
said. It now details the contributions              years.                                         regulating changes of use on commercial               use permit.
from the towns of New Castle and                      Christopher Feldman, president of the        properties.                                              At last week’s meeting, trustees agreed
Bedford for the program as portions                 Friends of the Mount Kisco Volunteer             Whitney Singleton told the board of                 to a request by property owner Angelo
                                                                                                   trustees on Sept. 21 that once finished               Pino to speed up the process in which an
                                                                                                   the measure would address development                 applicant could appear before the planning

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., to Speak                                                                   proposals that would significantly increase
                                                                                                   “the intensity of use on a site.” Singleton
                                                                                                                                                         board if town staff determined planning
                                                                                                                                                         board review was required. Currently, a

at John Jay Homestead Oct. 2
                                                                                                   said he is incorporating changes based on             developer must provide his submission
                                                                                                   recent public comments.                               to the planning board at least three weeks
                                                                                                     Under current village law, owners of                before a meeting to have a project placed
  On Friday, Oct. 2, Friends of John Jay            Ballroom at John Jay Homestead, 400            small, independent businesses could                   on an agenda, he said.
Homestead will present their annual                 Route 22 in Katonah. Registration will         sell their establishment to a national                   Mayor Michael Cindrich said “there’s a
Goodhue Lecture with Henry Louis                    begin at 6:30 p.m. The lecture will follow     chain, which could then move in without               lot of misinformation” among residents
Gates, Jr., speaking about “Genealogy and           at 7 p.m. and there will then be a reception   planning board approval. Officials said               about the legislation. Planning board
Genetics: African American Lives.                   and book signing.                              they are hoping to put a law in place to              approval wouldn’t be required unless
  The Goodhue Lecture commemorates                     Ticket prices are $20 for members; $30      prevent that from happening after several             a proposed project would significantly
Mary B. Goodhue, former state legislator            for non-members. Reservations and pre-         previous change of uses could have                    heighten the intensity of commercial use,
and longtime supporter of the John Jay              payment are strongly recommended as it         benefited from further review.                        he said. The board agreed, however, that
Homestead.                                          is likely that the evening will be sold out.     Some of the legislation’s proposed                  it would search for ways to speed up the
  Dr. Gates is the Alphonse Fletcher                   For more information, to pre-purchase       changes require planning board approval               referral of applications to the planning
University Professor and the Director of            Dr. Gates’ book or to make reservations,       for change of use permits where there                 board.
the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African            contact the Friends office at 914-232-         would be a new use on a property “that                   The trustees unanimously agreed to
and African American Research at                    8119; email friends@johnjayhomestead.          would substantially increase the intensity            adjourn the public hearing until their Oct.
Harvard University.                                 org; or visit the Web site at www.             of use, require additional infrastructure,            5 meeting.
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Transportation Facility Vote on Tap Tuesday in Byram Hills
By Martin Wilbur                                will not increase property owners’ taxes.       the wash bay will be able to recycle about        Davidson said. It will also allow the
   Byram Hills School District voters will      The district plans on paying for the            90 percent of the water used to clean the         district to move some of the buses that are
decide next Tuesday if they want to pay for     project by transferring money from its          vehicles. It will be particularly important       currently parked on the grass to free up
an expanded and renovated transportation        undesignated fund balance to the capital        to the district and town in winter to allow       more parking spaces, he said.
facility to provide adequate administrative     projects line, which requires voters to         for the quick removal of salt that kicks up         Laselle said that a tentative working
offices, storage and a large group meeting      pass a referendum. While Byram Hills            on the outside of vehicle to extend the life      arrangement between the district and the
space for drivers and mechanics.                currently has $3,080,000 in fund balance,       of the buses and trucks, Laselle said.            town has been discussed for use of the
   The Oct. 6 proposition for the $2.42         the transfer would at least temporarily            The district currently has 31 full-            wash bay. Currently, the town would use it
million project also includes a vehicle wash    leave the district with less than 1 percent     sized buses, 26 vans and 12 maintenance           from about 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., freeing
bay that will be shared between the school      of its operating budget in undesignated         vehicles.                                         up the facility for the school buses the rest
district and the Town of North Castle for       reserve.                                           Project architect Russell Davidson             of the time. The district would monitor
its buses and trucks, respectively, said           “We believe that there is no issue in        said the facility was beginning to show           use to figure how much the town would
Byram Hills Business Manager Richard            terms of utilizing the dollars for this         its age and that while school buildings           contribute toward maintenance costs, he
Laselle. A state grant of up to $373,000        project and that this is a good use of the      and classrooms are the priorities for any         said.
has been obtained by the district to cover      dollars and it’s a way of making sure there     district, the transportation issue needed           Voting takes place this Tuesday, Oct.
90 percent of the wash bay’s cost; however,     would be no tax impact,” Laselle said.          to be addressed. It also makes sense for          6, at the H.C. Crittenden School, at 10
construction of the bay must be completed          Along with the grant and 10 percent          the school district and town to partner on        MacDonald Ave., in Armonk from 6:30
by March 31, 2011, for the district to          state aid reimbursement, the project            the wash bay since neither will use it for a      a.m. to 9 p.m. Voters who have obtained
recoup the money, he said.                      would cost Byram Hills about $1.8 million,      full day, he said.                                absentee ballots must submit them by 5
   Despite the price tag, Laselle said the      provided the deadline for the wash bay             “It’s great to see two entities that need      p.m. on Oct. 6.
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Hochman Pleased With State of the Bedford School District
By Rick Pezzullo
     Bedford Superintendent of Schools
                                                       ‘The state of our district? It is working                                                  high school are ranging between 25 and
                                                                                                                                                  29 students, and many foreign language
Dr. Jere Hochman recently presented
his “State of the District” report to the
                                                     remarkably well and is situated for the next                                                 classes in the high school and middle
                                                                                                                                                  school are larger than in past years. “We are
board of education, and the second year
administrator who succeeded embattled                   ambitious level of accomplishments.’                                                      seeing anticipated effects the budget has
                                                                                                                                                  on some high school classes. However, we
Superintendent Debra Jackson is pleased                                                                                                           are keenly aware that we reached a critical
with the direction the district is headed.                    JERE HOCHMAN, BEDFORD SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS                                     point in cuts for this year while preserving
   “The state of our district? It is working                                                                                                      courses and approaches that make Bedford
remarkably well and is situated for the         is filled with bright, dedicated and skilled       However, as well as students in the district   uniquely Bedford,” Hochman said.
next ambitious level of accomplishments,”       teachers, administrators and staff members,     are performing, Hochman acknowledged                 Hochman noted the district was
Hochman declared. “There are no ceilings        all on a mission for student successes,” he     an achievement gap does exist, particularly       implementing a new model for gifted and
or quotas on high expectations, academic        continued. “We are supported by involved        between white students and minorities,            enrichment education in the elementary
achievement, and school membership.             parents and dedicated citizens eager to         the latter of which makeup 32 percent of          schools, along with an enhanced model for
Every single student, every single day. That    establish a strong sense of community for       the student body. “Wouldn’t we expect             staff development.
resonated when I first uttered it last year     all our students.”                              our performing groups, our teams, our                “As a learning community characterized
and I appreciate the acknowledgement               Hochman pointed out of the more than         AP classes, to look like our student body?        by systemic planning and continuous
from many of you that it reflects who we        300 students in the Class of 2009, 96 percent   And if that doubles the number of calculus        development, the ends of our work as
are and knowing that it is more than a little   graduated, and of those who graduated, 96       classes or AP classes, so be it,” Hochman         a district are clear: learning, efficiency,
catch phrase.”                                  percent planned to continue their learning      said.                                             accountability and democracy,” Hochman
   “The Bedford Central School District         at two or four-year colleges.                      Due to budget constraints, classes in the      concluded.

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P’ville Garden Club Planter Project Beautifies Mt. Pleasant
  The Pleasantville Garden Club has                                                                                                                                              station. Club members have continued to
long focused on beautification projects                                                                                                                                          devote their time to tending and watering
throughout the Town of Mount Pleasant.                                                                                                                                           the planters.
Recently, under the leadership of Club                                                                                                                                              “The Pleasantville Garden Club’s planter
President Betty Hart, they donated 25                                                                                                                                            project has provided a noticeable aesthetic
northern white cedar planters to the                                                                                                                                             improvement along commercial streets in
town.                                                                                                                                                                            Hawthorne and Thornwood,” said Mount
  Beautification committee members                                                                                                                                               Pleasant Supervisor Robert Meehan. “We
Patricia Helwig and Carol Ciccone spent                                                                                                                                          are very grateful for the dedication and
long hours putting together the proposal                                                                                                                                         work of the members of the garden club
and purchased the planters. Along with                                                                                                                                           and their efforts to beautify the town. This
many of the club’s members, they filled                                                                                                                                          project is a huge success.”
the planters with boxwood and a variety                                                                                                                                             The Pleasantville Garden Club typically
of seasonal flowers. The Mount Pleasant                                                                                                                                          meets on the first Thursday of each month,
Department of Recreation and Parks, led                                                                                                                                          October through May, at 9:30 a.m. at the
by Superintendent Harry Canniff, and                                                                                                                                             Pleasantville Presbyterian Church. The
Parks Superintendent Steve Mott assisted                                                                                                                                         next program on Oct. 1 is “Repotting and
on this “planter project.” They painted the                                                                                                                                      the Care of Orchids,” featuring Glafkos
planters, delivered them to the storefronts                                                                                                                                      Keramidas, owner of Venamy Orchids in
and filled them with gravel and compost.                                                                                                                                         Brewster. The program is free and open to
  The Garden Club raised the funds for                kathryn ross, pleasantville Garden club co-president, Mount pleasant parks Superintendent Steve Mott, carol                the public.
the project from their annual plant wale,             ciccone, Mount pleasant recreation and parks Superintendent harry canniff, Garden club president Betty
held in May at the Pleasantville train                hart, patricia helwig and Mount pleasant Supervisor robert F. Meehan beautify the hawthorne train station.

P’ville Streetscape Extended                                                                                  Chappaqua Rotary Sponsors
                                                                                                              Community Day this Saturday
By Sam Barron                                         streetscape improvements and we were
   The ongoing streetscape improvements               able to accomplish this without affecting
along Bedford Road in Pleasantville will              current or future year taxes, or the fund
be extended to the bridge at the Saw Mill             balance.”                                                  There’s something for everyone                                  politicians, cotton candy and many other
River Parkway.                                           Current Bedford Road improvements                    at Community Day. At this annual                                   surprises are in store for you.
   The village board, which reached the               involve installing a traffic light at the               celebration, sponsored by the Rotary Club                            The town will also feature an expanded
decision at its Sept. 21 work session,                intersection of Pleasantville Road and                  of Chappaqua, residents and merchants                              “Green Alley,” with many ideas on helping
approved the move because the contractor              aiming to improve pedestrian safety and                 gather in one place to socialize, learn and                        the environment. At the Sustainability
is currently in the area working on another           walkability. Work was to have ended at the              have fun.                                                          Advisory Board’s booth, come by to see
project and it would be less expensive                corner of 505 Bedford Road, the strip mall                 The event will be held this Saturday,                           what you can do at home to reduce your
than if trustees had waited for another               that includes Dunkin’ Donuts and Carvel.                Oct. 3, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the                              carbon footprint.
opportunity. The extended improvements,                  Trustee Jonathan Cunningham expressed                Chappaqua Train Station plaza. Plans                                 Local groups interested in a booth or
which will connect the sidewalk to the                his support for the plan noting that the                are in the works for more rides than ever,                         anyone want to make an appointment
other side of the bridge, will cost the village       project is something that needs to be done,             musical entertainment and, of course,                              to participate in the day’s blood drive
an additional $20,000. Half of the work is            and that the village is getting a good deal.            every kids’ favorite, the fire trucks. More                        should contact John Ehrlich at john@
being funded by federal grant money with                 “The cost differential between now and               than 50 exhibition booths staffed by local                or call 914-238-8444.
the village taking money from the capital             waiting seems to be extreme,” Cunningham                merchants, school organizations, fire and                          Rain venue: Robert E. Bell Middle School,
fund to pay for its share of the cost.                said. “At the end of the day, it makes sense            police departments, arts organizations,                            50 Senter St., Chappaqua. For latest
   “It makes sense in doing it while the              to do it now since we’re going to do it                 after-school programs, NCCTV, a meet-                              information, visit
contractor is there,” Mayor Peter Scherer             anyway.”                                                and-greet with local and perhaps national
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By Martin Wilbur                                                  who offers a potpourri of items; another
   Larry Guida may be a 30-year antiques                          that specializes in Art Nouveau frames and
business veteran but last year he was forced                      fine English china, and another with fine
into the unfortunate position of having to                        furniture, lighting and art. There is also a
start over.                                                       selection of modern furniture from Brazil,
   The building at 342 Lexington Ave. in                          along with paintings, lighting and hand-
Mount Kisco where his business, Apple                             carved picture frames.
Antiques, had been located for about eight                           In addition to the antiques, Guida now
years went up in flames during an early                           showcases pottery, fine costume jewelry
2008 electrical fire. Hundreds of thousands                       and paintings and a booth with farm tables.
of dollars of his merchandise was lost.                           Each of the dealers is an expert in their field,
                                                                  long-term dealers who know the ropes of
‘I wanted a cross-section                                         the antiques business. Guida is also pleased
                                                                  with the more varied and eclectic nature
of today’s dealers so                                             of his new shop, blending the old and the
that our shop will                                                modern.
                                                                     “I wanted a cross-section of today’s dealers
always be current with                                            so that our shop will always be current with
                                                                  a firm footing in the traditional,” Guida
                                                                                                                     Whether it’s furniture, jewelry or a wide assortment of furnishings, the serious collector or newcomer will
                                                                                                                     find the new apple antiques on Lexington avenue in Mount kisco intriguing.
a firm footing in the                                             explained.
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traditional.’                                                     variety of merchandise but price ranges as
                                                                                                                     antiques are uncommon but a dealer or a                make sure you get pleasure out of it and
                                                                  well. For example, Guida said that he carries
                                                                  tables starting from $500 up to $8,000. He         customer, for that matter, really needs to             then worry about the investments side
LARRY GUIDA                                                                                                          educate themselves.                                    of it,” Guida said. “If you look at it like an
                                                                  has chairs starting from $75.
  “It was a nightmare trying to get it all                           For more than three decades, antiques has         “The good pieces are hard to find, they’re           investment you don’t really enjoy it, you
appraised,” recalled Guida, a longtime                            been Guida’s first love. It developed when         not that easy to find,” Guida said. “You               covet it but you don’t enjoy it.”
Chappaqua resident before moving recently                         he first started restoring wood furniture,         really have to know what you’re doing when                Especially when it comes to wood, Guida
to New Rochelle. “We actually had to go                           among many of Guida’s jobs during college          you’re looking.”                                       doesn’t even worry about getting nicks and
through the char and (ask) ‘What is this,                         to make money. Instead of pursuing                   Almost any type of item can be considered            cuts in his pieces since he specializes in
what is that?’ Believe it or not there was a lot                  teaching, he pursued his love of antiques.         an antique, not just furniture or jewelry.             restoration.
of burnt pieces left over that the insurance                      Among his favorites items are French,              Glassware, paintings, coins and stamps that               Not just content in Mount Kisco, Guida is
adjustors and myself had to go through.”                          Swedish and French-Canadian furniture              are generally at least 50 years old could be           also opening another store at 75 N. Central
  But on Sept. 8, Guida and Apple Antiques                        from the late 18th century through the 19th        antiques, he said.                                     Ave., in Elmsford, which will specialize
rose from the ashes to re-open at the same                        century.                                             Until the current recession hit, Guida               in estate and used furniture and quality
location. This time, Guida tried something                           Age alone doesn’t determine value in            generally considered antiques a good                   consignments.
a little different. He still has many of the                      antiques, he said. It is the quality and the       investment. A typical piece has fallen in                 Apple Antiques is open seven days a
same style pieces, including fine country                         finish that helps to boost its value. The          value by 30 to 40 percent during the last              week, Monday through Saturday, 10:30
wood furniture that is among his favorite;                        level of craftsmanship in the 18th and             few years. But he advises that regardless              a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from noon
however, Apple Antiques is now a six-dealer                       19th century is generally superior to most         of value, a customer should be happy with              to 4 p.m.
co-op shop with showcases and a warehouse                         furniture built in the 20th century, when          an item and look forward to using it rather               For more information, call 914-242-5365
that contains highly varied inventory.                            the Industrial Revolution forced more              than keeping it as a museum piece.                     or log on to www.appleantiquesmtkisco.
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                                        Attorney General’s Septic Company Suit Welcomed     State Attorney General Andrew                DEP and the state that they saw the truck’s    office was forced to step in. Over the
                                        Cuomo and his office must be applauded         long hose draped over the side of the          summer, when Bauer filed a lawsuit
                                        for the recent filing of a lawsuit against a   small embankment leading to a stream.          against Chappaqua Septic to get his
                                        Chappaqua waste hauler in state Supreme        The stream, which flowed into the pond         pond dredged, Ron Gatto, Westchester’s
                                        Court in White Plains.                         of their neighbor, Stephen Bauer, is also      director of environmental security,
    adam Stone                            Very often when a high-profile official,     a tributary of the New Croton Reservoir        revealed that the attorney general’s office
                                        such as Cuomo, launches an investigation       that is used for some of New York City’s       was looking into the matter.
                                        or sues an entity, it’s viewed through the     drinking water.                                  Talk about a disgrace, Gatto wasn’t
    Martin Wilbur                       prism of politics. It could be construed          When the truck driver noticed that          even notified about the incident until         that with Cuomo on everyone’s short list,      the couple wanted to go by, he retracted       two years had lapsed. The county spends
    Editor-in-Chief                     including apparently President Obama’s,        the hose, got into his truck and went on       good money on someone who has
                                        to make a serious run for the Democratic       his way. The Dankos returned to look           spent his life fighting for environmental
    neal rentz                          nomination for governor next year, that        for where the hose had been and it was         justice--including taking on former          there will be an avalanche of inquiries and    a sickening sight. Hundreds of gallons         New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani
    Assistant Editor                    lawsuits during the upcoming months to         of human waste, toilet paper and almost        and his administration’s checkered
    amy Borrelli                        embellish his credentials.                     anything else flushed down a toilet sitting    environmental record--and he isn’t even
    Copy Editor                           Sometimes the arousal of that                there. The stench was nauseating.              brought in during the investigation. Now
                                        suspicion is warranted. In this case it is        Here were two people who witnessed          that should be the subject of an inquiry.
    Barbara r. Glennon
                                        most definitely not.                           an offense and did everything authorities        Fortunately, Cuomo’s office is looking
    Copy Editor
                                          The attorney general’s suit against          ask good citizens to do and the                to make amends. At this point, it’s not
    Bill primavera                      Chappaqua Septic, Inc. is long overdue.        Westchester County’s District Attorney’s       only about punishing wrongdoers but      Incredibly, it has taken three years for a     office    couldn’t--or    wouldn’t--bring      making sure that the penalties are stiff
    Real Estate Editor                  law enforcement agency to put the white-       criminal charges following a lengthy           enough that another outfit doesn’t decide
    Brian kluepfel                      hot glare of the spotlight on a company        investigation. Worse yet, after two years      that it’s worth the risk of getting caught.       that at the very least has some serious        went by, Chappaqua Septic and the driver       Most importantly, it’s about protecting a
    Music Editor                        questions to answer.                           could no longer be criminally charged.         drinking water source.
                                          On Sept. 15, 2006, a Woodland                   All Bauer wanted was to make sure the         Whatever        Cuomo’s        short-term
    rick pezzullo                       Road couple, Miriam and Paul Danko,            people responsible for this disgrace felt      political aspirations, let’s he wins one for       encountered a Chappaqua Septic truck           the full brunt of the law and to have his      Stephen Bauer and those who support
    Reporter                            blocking their exit out of their property      pond, where he regularly fished, cleaned       the protection of clean drinking water
    Sam Barron                          in the Town of New Castle. They told           up.                                            everywhere.         investigators from the New York City              That’s why the attorney general’s
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                                        Let’s Volunteer to Help Neighbors Impacted By Elimination of North Castle Leaf Vacumming
    Reporter                            To the Editor:                                 town’s expenses. Instead of once again         to teach our children what it means to
                                          On Sept. 14, the North Castle Town           condemning cost-cutting measures taken         give back? Let’s make this the first step in
    Billy Boguski                       Board unanimously voted to suspend leaf        by the board, I propose that we all get        getting together as a town to offer our time
    Photographer                        vacuuming as a way of cutting expenses.        together as a community to help solve this     in ways that will help alleviate our budget
                                        This will save our town an estimated           problem. WE can help OUR residents who         and keep our taxes as low as possible. Just
    annette van ommeren                 $500,000. Residents will now have to           are senior citizens, sick and handicapped      think of where this could lead? I would be         compost or blow leaves into their woods,       and who cannot physically bag their own        happy to spearhead this effort and invite
    Advertising Designer                or collect and bag their leaves and put        leaves or afford to pay someone to do this     volunteers to get in touch with me at
                                        them curbside.                                 task for them.                       
    chris Mccoll                          This decision has been criticized by            I propose that we organize a team of                                        Stacey Silpe         some who feel that it will unfairly impact     families to donate a few hours over the                                           Armonk
    Games Editor                        some of our residents. I applaud this          next several weekends to bag leaves for              Stacy Silpe is a Democratic candidate
                                        change as a smart way of reducing our          those that can’t. Is this not a great way                for the North Castle Town Board
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    Sports Editor                       Congressional Representatives Need to Be in Touch With the Real America
    ray Gallagher                       To the Editor:                                 sional ruling class would be created in this     Many of our nations “leaders,” such as         According to history, our founding fa-      country, the very evil that caused so many     Congressman Hall, are not in touch with
    Sports Reporter/Photographer        thers did not envision the government of       to shed their blood and give their lives to    the real America. It seems to me that the
    Steven corvino                      the United States as it is today--a mega-      escape. How do I know you ask?                 best way to remedy the problem would be        sized bureaucratic organization. It was not       • National financial deficits estimated     to elect a new generation of Americans to
    Sports Reporter                     their intent to create a government solely     between $7 and $23 TRILLION dollars;           represent us, ones that will spend more
                                        for the people, but a government of, by           • Blatant Medicare/Medicaid fraud and       time in their districts.
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                     Michael Martinez
By Sam Barron                                   Friends and family helped Martinez
  For the almost two years, Millwood         with his project, with about seven
resident and Horace Greeley High School      volunteers joining Martinez on each trip.
junior Michael Martinez spent his free       He said it took a little explaining to get his
time at Chappaqua Friends’ Graveyard.        family on board.
  Martinez was recently awarded the             “My family was shocked at first,”
Greater Hudson Heritage Network              Martinez said. “They asked me what I was
Award Toward Excellence for his efforts      doing there. Once they started to know
in cataloguing and inventorying 1,030        what it was, they supported the project.”
graves at the cemetery. He made a map           Martinez said he had only been to the
of the cemetery to indicate exactly where    Quaker House once before his project. A          Michael Martinez, right, shakes hands with Gray Williams, a member of the new castle historical Society.
people are buried.                           member of the Scouts for most of his life,       Martinez was recently honored with the Greater hudson heritage network award toward excellence for
   He will be presented with the award at    his other projects have included teaching        documenting more than 1000 graves at chappaqua Friends Graveyard.
the Greater Hudson Heritage Network’s        people how to use a GPS and restoring
Annual Meeting at the Overlook Lodge in      trails.
Bear Mountain on Friday.
  Martinez first heard of the project as a
                                                “My friends were in it,” Martinez said.
                                             “It looked at it as a fun thing to do, I’ve
                                                                                                ‘My family was shocked at first. They asked me
member of the Eagle Scouts in September
2007 and thought that it sounded
                                             enjoyed it. It has really prepared me, it’s
                                             been a really good experience.”
                                                                                                  what I was doing there. Once they started to
interesting. During each cemetery trip,
Martinez and fellow volunteers would
                                                Cataloguing and mapping out graves is
                                             not as easy it appears. Some of the graves          know what it was, they supported the project.’
catalogue up to 100 graves at a time. The    were extremely illegible, while other
project was completed in February 2009.      graves suffered from corrosion. After                                                   MICHAEL MARTINEz
  “We were trying to make a map so           cataloguing the graves, Martinez then had
people would find where to go,” Martinez     to go back to the cemetery and measure
said. “Being at the cemetery was fine, it    points where all the gravestones were, set
was pretty calm. I saw that it needed to     up landmarks like trees and rocks, and set
be done, and I figured it was something      up the position of the gravestones so he         town,” Martinez said.                                 hours on this project.”
worthwhile to do.”                           could complete the map.                            Martinez said he has received positive                 While Martinez enjoyed the project, he
  The graveyard of the Chappaqua                From a historical perspective, Martinez       feedback from the Quakers, but never                  is happy to be finished with it, and hopes
Friends’ Meeting was first established       found Quaker Cemetery to be fascinating.         expected to receive the honor from the                that it will be a valuable service for people
about 1745 and contains the monuments        Many of the founders and historic figures        Greater Hudson Heritage Society.                      looking to locate where a family member
of the Quaker settlers of the community      of New Castle are buried there, and                “I’m really excited to get it,” Martinez            or loved one is buried.
and generations of their descendants. It     Martinez recognized many of the names            said. “I was not expecting this at all. It               “I’m grateful for everyone that
forms part of the Old Quaker Hamlet of       as having streets named after them.              means a lot, it had really paid off. The              helped me,” Martinez said. “I feel really
Chappaqua.                                      “It’s pretty much the history of the          volunteers and I worked a combined 500                accomplished about what I’ve done.”

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Donald Buonomo                                    N.Y. 2 brothers Donald Ciaffa (Louise)            an avid gardener and reader.                     service. She taught religion classes at St.
   Donald Buonomo, of Chappaqua, passed           of Franklin Lakes, N.J. and Philip Ciaffa            Reda is survived by her devoted husband,      Francis of Assisi Parish in Mount Kisco,
away peacefully on Sept. 17.                      (Carol) of Fairfield, Conn. Also survived         Joseph Reda, of Valhalla, and her loving         where she also served as human life
   He was 44.                                     by his 9 cherished grandchildren and 4            daughters, Josephine, April and Patricia, of     coordinator for a number of years.
   Buonomo is survived by his parents, Mary       great grandchildren. Reposing, Hawthorne          Valhalla, and Elvira (Ellie) of Putnam Valley.      A former member of the board of directors
and Donald; brother, Lawrence (Claudia);          Funeral Home on Sunday 2-4 and 7-9                She is also survived by her two cherished        of the Catholic Guardian Society and Home
sisters Suzanne and Janet Racz (George);          PM and Monday 4-8 PM. Funeral Mass,               grandchildren, Barbara (Michael) Condon          Bureau of New York City, ziminsky worked
nephews Theodore and Gregory Racz; and            Holy Name of Jesus Church, Valhalla, N.Y.         and Catherine (Robert) Naclerio and seven        during the 1980s and 1990s in support of its
niece Hannah Buonomo.                             on Tuesday 10 AM. Interment, Ferncliff            great-grandchildren, Michael, Michelle and       Maternity Services Program. She and her
   Buonomo was born Sept. 13, 1965. He was        Cemetery, Hartsdale, N.Y. Hawthorne               Matthew Condon and Anthony, Angelina,            husband of 56 years, Victor D. ziminsky Jr.,
an Eagle Scout with Troop 94 of Armonk            Funeral Home 21 Stevens Ave. Hawthorne,           Samantha and Christopher Naclerio. She           a senior investment advisor with Morgan
and his love of the outdoors, hiking and          NY 10532 (914) 769-4404.                          was predeceased by her daughter, Barbara,        Stanley Smith Barney in New York, received
camping remained with him. He graduated                                                             in 1976; two sisters, Maria Gaeta and            the agency’s Child of Peace Award in 1992.
from Horace Greeley High School and               Harold Harris                                     Florence Florentino; and one brother,               As a member of the board, ziminsky came
University of Bridgeport. He had a great            Harold E. Harris, of Hawthorne, died on         Arthur DeLuca.                                   up with the name “child of peace” for the
passion for life filling his time with friends,   Sept. 22 at his residence.                           Calling hours were at Hawthorne Funeral       award dinner that has served as a fundraiser
skiing, traveling and music. His creative           He was 64.                                      Home on Sept. 24. A Funeral Mass was held        annually since 1985. Board member Julia
side was expressed through his art and              Harris was born on Jan. 28, 1945, to the late   at Holy Name of Jesus Church in Valhalla         Shea recalled that ziminsky believed the
photography. Buonomo’s courageous spirit,         Harold and Dolores Harris in Schenectady,         on Sept. 25, followed by interment at Gate of    name particularly suited the cause: “that a
unique view of life and generosity will be        N.Y. He was a financial manager with              Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne.                    child might be born to a woman who felt
missed by all who knew and loved him.             TIAA-CREF Teachers Insurance in New                                                                that someone cared.”
   Calling hours were Sept. 23 A funeral          York City.                                        Florence Winne                                      During the 1990s, ziminsky was director
service was held on Sept. 24 at Cassidy-            Harris was predeceased by his second wife,         Florence Maude Winne (nee James), of          of the Birthright office in Mount Kisco, part
Flynn Funeral Home in Mount Kisco.                Jeanne Harris, in 2007. He is survived by his     Pleasantville, died Sept. 22.                    of an international network that cares for
   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made      loving children, Kelly Harris of Brooklyn,           She was 90.                                   women in crisis pregnancies. The ziminskys’
to the charity of your choice.                    Suzanne Cortese of Valhalla, Lisa Griffin            Winne was born to Edward Thompson             home became a Birthright Shelter Home for
                                                  and her husband, Daniel, of Chappaqua,            James and Anna Louisa Christina Klug on          three women over the years. In 1994, she
Anthony J. Ciaffa                                 and Mark Harris of Hawthorne, and his             Sept. 23, 1918 in Brooklyn. She married the      received The Rose Award given by Rosalie
   Anthony J. Ciaffa 91, of Valhalla, N.Y. and    four cherished grandchildren, Brianna             late Loyal Alfred Winne in March 1940. The       Hall, a New York City agency that cares
formerly of the Woodlawn section of Bronx,        and Christopher Cortese and Patrick and           couple settled in Pleasantville to raise their   for pregnant and parenting teenagers and
N.Y. died on Sept. 24, 2009. He was born          Julia Griffin. His first wife, Marj C. Vitz, of   three daughters, Lois Ann Gizzi (Samuel),        young women and their families.
on March 6, 1918 to the late Dominick and         Southbury, Conn., also survives him.              Diane Edith Lehnert (Timothy) and Joan              Born July 4, 1931 in Brooklyn, her parents
Petrina (nee Cuti) Ciaffa in Bronx, N.Y. He         Funeral Services were held at Hawthorne         Alison Crossman (Michael).                       were the late Henry and Mary Margaret
proudly served in the US Army during WWII         Funeral Home on Sept. 25. Interment was              Winne retired from the Reader’s Digest        Mannix. ziminsky attended Convent of
from 1941-1945 in the 104th Calvary Horse         private.                                          Corporation in Chappaqua. After her              the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, Conn. and
Unit and Radio Operator in the European             In lieu of flowers, donations to the            retirement, she was active with the United       graduated in 1953 from Newton College
Arena. Anthony was a retired Traffic Mgr.         American Cancer Society would be                  Methodist Church of Pleasantville Women’s        with a major in English Literature and
with Allied International Air Parts Shipping      appreciated.                                      Sewing Group.                                    minor in Sociology.

in NYC. He was predeceased by his devoted                                                              She is predeceased by brothers Edward            In addition to her husband, ziminsky is
wife Lucretia (nee Franchi) Ciaffa in 2006, 1     Grace Reda                                        James and William James and sister Bertha.       survived by seven sons, Victor D. ziminsky
brother and 2 sisters. Anthony is surviced           Grace P. Reda, of Valhalla, died on Sept.      Rowehl. She is survived by two older siblings,   III, Joseph M. ziminsky, Peter G. ziminsky,
by his cherished children; Anthony P. Ciaffa      22 at White Plains Hospital Center.               Marjorie Hohn and Frank James; her three         Paul C. ziminsky, Andrew V. ziminsky,
and his wife Deborah of LeMars, Iowa                 She was 81.                                    daughters; three granddaughters, Deborah         Mathew H. ziminsky and Luke ziminsky;
Christine Stephens and her husband Robert            Reda was born on March 17, 1928, to the        Gizzi, Donna Torrisi and Joelle Kovanic-         four daughters, Mary Margaret (Meggin)
of Valhalla, N.Y. and Lucretia Shapiro and        late Alfred and Elvira DeLuca in New York         Persaud; four great-grandchildren, Michael       Cooke, Mary Evelyn (Muffin) Dowdle,
her husband Richard of White Plains,              City. She loved to cook and crochet and was       Torrisi, Deanna Torrisi, Emily Persaud and       Frances Bovers Schereschewsky and
                                                                                                    Nicholas Persaud; and numerous nephews,          Kathryn Ann Field; 21 grandchildren; and
                                                                                                    nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces.          one great-granddaughter. Also surviving
                                                                                                       The family received friends at the Beecher    are ziminsky’s sisters, Aileen Schaefer
                                                                                                    Funeral Home, Inc, in Pleasantville on Sept.     of West Islip, Sheila Mannix of Bedford
                                                                                                    26 proceeded by a prayer service. Interment      Hills, Delia Burke of Pound Ridge and her
                                                                                                    followed at Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla.        brother, Charles Mannix, of Clinton, Conn.
                                                                                                                                                     She was predeceased by her brothers, Henry
                                                                                                    Frances Ziminsky                                 Mannix, John Mannix and Joseph Mannix,
                                                                                                      Frances Mannix ziminsky, mother of 11          as well as her sister Mary Margaret (Moppy)
                                                                                                    children and former longtime resident of         Hughes; and by her son-in-law, the late
                                                                                                    Mount Kisco who was honored by agencies          Christopher Nugent Bovers.
                                                                                                    of the Archdiocese of New York for her              A funeral mass was held on Sept. 23 at St.
                                                                                                    years of service and commitment to the           Patrick’s Church in Bedford.
                                                                                                    Gospel of Life, died Monday at her home in          In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made
                                                                                                    Pound Ridge.                                     to Rosalie Hall, 4150 Bronx Blvd., Bronx,
                                                                                                      She was 78.                                    N.Y. 10466 or The Society of the Sacred

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               William F. Flooks, Jr. Proprietor                                                    Police Blotter
                                                                                                                   Mount Kisco                       woman confronted the subject before he
                                                                                                      Sept. 18: An outside police agency             fled.

           Caring for our
          Caring for our
                                                                                                    requested assistance at the Holiday Inn,            Sept. 24: An attempted larceny was
                                                                                                    1 Holiday Inn Drive, following report of         reported at the Gap on South Moger
                                                                                                    a homeless person at the establishment           Avenue at 1:56 p.m. No merchandise was

       community since 1928...
      community since 1928...                                                                       at 7:31 p.m. It was ascertained that the
                                                                                                    subject was a guest who was staying at the


        Personal and complete
       Personal and complete                                                                          Sept. 19: Report of a robbery on
                                                                                                    Lexington Avenue at 3 a.m. No further
                                                                                                    details were released as the incident is the
                                                                                                                                                        Sept. 20: An iPod was stolen by three
                                                                                                                                                     males on Manville Road after the owner
                                                                                                                                                     let them hold the iPod. The three males

          Funeral Service
          Funeral service                                                                           subject of an ongoing investigation.
                                                                                                      Sept. 19: A 49-year-old Mount Kisco
                                                                                                    man was arrested for DWI on North
                                                                                                                                                     left the area in a black civic.
                                                                                                                                                        Sept. 25: A 50-year old male was
                                                                                                                                                     charged with making harassing phone
                                                                                                    Bedford Road at 11:59 p.m.                       calls to his ex-wife.
                                                                                                      Sept. 20: Report of a robbery on Lundy
                                                                                                    Lane at 5:02 a.m. No further details were                       New Castle
                         418 Bedford Road                                                           released as the incident is the subject of an
                                                                                                    ongoing investigation.
                                                                                                                                                       Sept. 20: A DWI arrest occurred on
                                                                                                                                                     Quaker Road.
                          PLEASANTVILLE                                                               Sept. 22: At 2:59 p.m., a report of
                                                                                                    a suspicious incident at the Target
                                                                                                                                                       Sept. 23: A suspicious vehicle was
                                                                                                                                                     reported on Orchard Ridge Road. The

                             769-0001                                                               department store on Preston Way. A
                                                                                                    woman stated she was being followed by
                                                                                                                                                     vehicle was gone by the time police
                                                                         a male subject and may have wanted to              Sept. 24: A stationary bike was stolen
                                                                                                    take a picture of her with a cell phone. The     from Horace Greeley High School.                                                          September 29 - October 5, 2009                                                                                       11

Chappaqua Author Writes                                                                                 “We’ve been through good and bad times
                                                                                                     together,” said Levine’s longtime friend Risa
                                                                                                     Fox of Rockwood, Md. “The book reminds

New Book on Surviving a                                                                              you that the value of friendship is when you
                                                                                                     can go through life situations together, and
                                                                                                     we have. That’s a true friend.”

Lost Friendship                                                                                         Levine surveyed more than 1,500 women
                                                                                                     about their friendship experiences and
                                                                                                     learned they were willing to tell-all—as long
By Janie Rosman                                      National Women’s Friendship Day,                as they remained anonymous.
                                                  celebrated on the third Sunday in September,          “There’s a great deal of stigma attached to

    t was meant to be that Chappaqua              was founded in 1999 by the Memphis,                breakups between friends, so it’s a topic that
    resident Irene S. Levine, Ph.D. celebrate     Tenn.-based Kappa Delta Sorority.                  we don’t know much about,” Levine said.
    the release of her new book about best           “Initially we were going to hold the book          She also gleaned information from her
friends on National Women’s Friendship            launch in New York City,” Dellaero said.           readers via The Friendship Blog, (http://
Day surrounded by, well, her close friends.       “After talking we decided it would be great where she
   Levine, a freelance journalist, held a book    to have it here (at the salon) since we live in    discusses female friendships.
launch party for her first solo endeavor,         town and have many friends here.”                     Vikki DeMeo, who is referenced in
“Best Friends Forever: Surviving A Break-            The two met 15 years ago when Levine            Levine’s book, met the author when they
up With Your Best Friend,” (The Overlook          became a client at the shop Dellaero operates      were undergraduates at Queens College.
Press, 2009) on Sept. 20 at Donna Hair            on a quiet stretch of North Greeley Avenue.           “We had horseshoe seating, and (Levine)                                      janie roSMan photoS
Design in Chappaqua.                                 “We clicked,” Dellaero said. “You know          would fall asleep opposite me in class,”          irene S. Levine, left, author of “Best Friends
   “Irene is a close friend of mine and           how one person’s strength compliments the          DeMeo said. “After the fourth class I knew        Forever: Surviving a Break-up With your Best
was asked to write this book after many           other person? That’s what happened with            I had to meet her.”                               Friend,” with longtime friend risa Fox during the
published articles (on the subject),” said        us.”                                                  Although they enrolled in different            Sept. 20 book launch party in chappaqua.
salon owner Donna Dellaero. “(The book)              Her salon was packed with conversations         master’s degree programs at St. John’s
hits home for so many of us.”                     punctuated with laughter.                          University they kept in touch even when it
                                                                                                     wasn’t possible to spend time together, said      told you so,’” and ‘Extend an olive branch
                                                                                                     DeMeo, who characterized their relationship       even if you think the other person is wrong,’”
                                                                                                     as a “very special friendship.”                   she said.
                                                                                                        White wicker baskets overflowed with              Levine trained as a psychologist and is a
                                                                                                     guest favors—pink and red sponge “stress”         research professor of psychiatry at the New
                                                                                                     hearts with “best” on one half of each            York University School of Mental Health.
                                                                                                     heart and “friends” on the other, wrapped         Last year she co-authored “Schizophrenia
                                                                                                     in chocolate kisses. Guests mingled near          for Dummies” (Wiley, 2008) with her
                                                                                                     the tables laden with delicacies, including       husband, psychiatrist Jerome Levine.
                                                                                                     homemade cookies and candy, each with                “I want to provide women with the
                                                                                                     themed Tiffany blue, specially chosen, and        tools they need to assess their friendships,
                                                                                                     gold icing as Dellaero and Levine welcomed        strengthen them and get rid of those that
                                                                                                     people at the door.                               drain them,” she said of “Best Friends
                                                                                                        “The book offers advice on surviving a         Forever.”
                                                                                                     painful broken friendship as well as strategies      As two guests approached to bid her
                                                                                                     about how to patch up a friendship,” said         goodbye, Levine remarked that the party’s
                                                                                                     Juliet Grames, its editor. “Lots of books talk    friendly, relaxed atmosphere was “haimish.”
                                                                                                     about mending romantic relationships, yet            “That means warm, cozy, inviting,” she
                                                                                                     there are no clear rules when a friendship        explained.
                                                                                                     ruptures.”                                           Who knows, maybe the afternoon helped
                                                                                                        Of Levine’s many suggestions, Grames           foster new friendships.
the tasty food spread at the book launch party.                                                      found two especially helpful: “’Don’t say ‘I


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                                                    Annual Children’s Cancer Fund
F                                                   Walkathon to Raise Research Money
           or Monica Nolan, the trip to the
           pediatrician a couple years ago was
           supposed to be a routine 18 month
           checkup for her daughter Kiera.           By Martin Wilbur
   But after blood work was done and
the results were returned, Nolan and her
husband, Paul, heard the words that every
parent dreads--their child had leukemia.
   “We were saddened, we were confused,
we were angry,” recalled Nolan, a Valhalla
resident. “They told us that her type of
cancer is 80 percent curable. So at least the
chances were pretty darn good, especially
when it comes to cancer.”
   Luckily for Kiera and her parents, the
leukemia was detected early, increasing her
chances of recovery. But the family was also
fortunate that at the nearby Maria Ferrari
Children’s Hospital they met up with
Dr. Somasundaram Jayabose, the head
of pediatric oncology. Jayabose has been
affiliated with Westchester Medical Center
since 1981, shortly after the hospital began
providing clinical services for children
with cancer. Over the years the medical
center, and more recently the Maria Ferrari
Children’s Hospital, has developed into a
major center for the treatment of childhood
cancer in the metropolitan area.
   A good part of that credit goes to
Jayabose, who started the Children’s Cancer
Fund in 17 years ago to help raise money for
childhood cancer research. Jayabose said         kiera’s clan, a team formed by Monica nolan and her family, is once again ready to join hundreds of walkers this Saturday at the 12th annual children’s cancer
government funding is usually tight and          Fund Walk-a-thon to raise money for childhood cancer research. kiera nolan was diagnosed with leukemia two years ago when she was 18 months old but is
most research dollars go to longstanding         doing well and ready to walk this weekend.
cancer treatment centers. Jayabose and
his colleagues were determined to capture
some of that funding with their initiative.      The Children’s Cancer Fund was able to
   “When we started there was so little basic    hire a social worker to assist families cope
laboratory-based research, in order to help      with the stress and emotions of a child’s
that situation we started this in 1992,” he      diagnosis.
said.                                              It has also been responsible for the
   One of the fundraising events scheduled       opening of the Children’s Cancer Treatment
to bring in money over the years is the          Center at Westchester Medical Center
Children’s Cancer Fund annual Walk-              where children receive their chemotherapy
a-Thon. On Saturday, the Nolans and              in a friendly, non-threatening place
hundreds of families from Westchester            atmosphere and are treated on an out-
and the New York area in general will            patient basis.
participate in the12th renewal of the three-       Jayabose said one of the most important
mile walk at FDR State Park in Yorktown.         aspects of research is to try and identify even
Last year the event attracted between 500        a small number of cancer cells in a child
and 700 participants who raised close to         that would make for earlier detection.
$100,000, Jayabose said.                           As her daughter is prepared to finish
   The Nolans are prepared for the trek          her chemotherapy treatments, Nolan
around the park with their team, Kiera’s         said her family is grateful to have had the
Clan, a collection of about 20 friends and       organization’s support the past two years
relatives who support the family and find        to help them through their most difficult
sponsors to donate money. Nolan and her          period.
                                                   “I’ll sing the Children’s Cancer Fund’s                                                         the nolan family
family are ready for the challenge of the
walk.                                            praises to the day I die,” Nolan said.
   While the impetus for the Children’s            For those interested in participating in
                                                 this Saturday’s Walk-a-Thon or for more
                                                                                                       Chappaqua Business Gives Back
Cancer Fund’s creation may have been to
raise desperately needed funds for research,     details or to become a sponsor, contact
for families who have experienced the            Kathie Lusardi at

                                                                                                       to Help Support Connection
shock of having a child diagnosed with           or at 203-778-5001. Registration begins at
cancer the organization can also function as     9 a.m. and the walkers step off at 10 a.m.
a support system, Nolan said. Each family          For more information about the
that has been devastated by the experience       Children’s Cancer Fund or to register                 By Rick Pezzullo                                      to Support Connection, they are a gift to
is visited by a fund member who has had          online, visit www.childrenscancerfund.                    When a cancer patient is undergoing               their employees and the community.”
a family member stricken with cancer.            org.                                                  treatments, most of the individual’s                    Robin Murphy said it is the dedication
                                                                                                       energy and attention is given to getting              and compassion of the Support
                                                                                                       healthier. As a result, daily chores tend to          Connection staff and volunteers that
                                                                                                       be ignored.                                           deserve to be singled out. “It’s just a great
                                                                                                            Chappaqua residents Robin and                    organization that provides such a much
                                                                                                       Gary Murphy, who own a local Maid                     needed service,” she said. “The more you
                                                                                                       Brigade franchise0, recognized that last              know Support Connection the more you
                                                                                                       fall when they were looking to support                want to participate.”
                                                                                                       a local organization and found Support                  Maid Brigade plans to have a team
                                                                                                       Connection, whose mission since 1994                  participate in the 15th annual Support-
                                                                                                       has been to provide emotional, social and             A-Walk on Sunday at FDR State Park in
                                                                                                       educational support to women and their                Yorktown, where thousands of individuals
                                                                                                       families and friends affected by breast and           will join together to celebrate those who
                                                                            by Sandro Botticelli
                                                                                                       ovarian cancer.                                       have survived battles with cancer and

                    The Sale of Your Home
                     The Sale of Your Home
                                                                                  1482                    As a way to give back, the Murphys                 remember family and friends who have
                                                                                                       donated gift certificates for cleaning                passed away.

              Deserves To Be Handled Like
              Deserves To Be Handled Like
                                                                                                       services to Support Connection to                       Murphy is also planning to have a

                       A Work of Fine Art
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                                                                                                       distribute to patients. “What the Maid                fundraising party of her own for Support
                                                                                                       Brigade has done for our people is give               Connection later in October. “If you meet
        Bill Primavera                                                                                 them a break when they need it most,”                 them you can’t just help to get involved
                                                                                                       said Support Connection Executive                     and say, ‘What else can we do?’” she said.
     If you feel that the marketing of your home deserves the kind                                     Director Kathy Quinn. “These are                         For further information about Support-
     of service that elevates real estate to a work of fine art, contact                               business owners who know how to run a                 A-Walk or to make a donation, visit www.
     Bill Primavera at 914-522-2076 to get the full picture.                                           business and make a real big difference in   or call (914) 962-
                                                                  the community. They are a gift, not only              6402 or 1-800-532-4290.                                                                                                        September 29 - October 5, 2009                                                                          13

       New Start Date For Route 22 Repaving in North Castle
       By Martin Wilbur                                                                   Most recently, the project was to have                     completed during the 2008 paving season        locations covering about 11.8 miles in
          The long wait for the start of repaving                                       begun in late August but the contractor                      but that didn’t materialize.                   Westchester that was slated for repaving
       on Route 22 in North Castle should come                                          for Route 22, Intercounty Paving of                             Berman took the uncharacteristic step at    work this year that was lumped together
       to an end next week--maybe.                                                      Hackettstown, N.J., experienced delays                       last week’s town board meeting of urging       with $1.1 billion of road and highway
          After months of delays, the state                                             when problems arose with asphalt                             residents to pepper the DOT’s regional         repairs statewide funded through the
       Department of Transporation announced                                            compaction on another job on Route 9A                        office in Poughkeepsie with phone calls        federal stimulus package. Also part of the
       last week that work is now tentatively                                           in Briarcliff, she said.                                     to put pressure on the agency’s officials to   list of projects in Westchster is the Saw
       scheduled to begin during the week of                                              The promise of a new start date and                        start and finish the job before winter.        Mill River Parkway between Route 120
       Oct. 5 on the stretch of roadway between                                         the constant postponements have been                            “I’m hoping that a flood of calls from      and Roaring Brook Road in New Castle.
       Maple Avenue and Route 120. DOT                                                  a source of frustration for North Castle                     many people will get the job done since           Of the stimulus money set aside for
       spokeswoman Allison Ackerman said                                                Supervisor Reese Berman who has been                         my flood of calls have not,” she said.         New York State roadwor, $167 billion
       portable traffic boards alerting motorists                                       told since she took office nearly four                          Ackerman said the Route 22 paving           was earmarked for the Hudson Valley,
       to work dates, time of work and lane                                             years ago that the job was on the DOT’s                      is scheduled to be completed during the        including the North Castle and New
       closures should be displayed during this                                         radar. Then early last year, the town was                    2009 season, which ends Nov. 30.               Castle repaving projects.
       week, Ackerman said.                                                             informed that the work was going to be                          The Route 22 work is one of eight

       Chappaqua Report Card Prompts Test Strategy Questions
       By Nick Marricco                                                                 while meeting the comparatively high                         test where 86 percent achieved levels 3        these assessment sessions are entered
         Don’t expect Chappaqua school                                                  standards on state tests.                                    or 4, a discrepancy officials attributed to    into a computerized program called
       officials to take up the fight to reduce the                                       These topics were brought to light                         fluctuating difficulty levels on the test,     “Assessment Pro,” which then organizes
       number of standardized tests anytime                                             during the Chappaqua Board of                                not the students.                              the data into pie charts that track a single
       soon.                                                                            Education’s presentation of the 2007-                           These results prompted questions            student’s—or an entire class’—progress.
         Citing Gallup’s “Public Attitudes                                              08 district report card on Sept. 22. The                     about placing too much emphasis on             The data can also be used to make
       Towards Education” polls, Superintendent                                         report card summarizes standardized                          “teaching to the test,” focusing time          adjustments to class instruction and
       Dr. David Fleishman said most                                                    test scores in various subjects and grade                    and energy on developing test-taking           evaluate programs in general.
       Americans prefer standardized, state-                                            levels in the district. The discussion                       techniques and general test preparation          “These reading assessments go a
       instituted exams in grades 3-8. About                                            centered on the data and what it means                       at the expense of engaging students and        long ways, especially compared to
       two out of every three respondents in the                                        for Chappaqua students.                                      exploring subjects more deeply.                standardized tests,” said Mary Ford, a
       poll, which is released every September,                                           Most notably, the report card                                 “[Tests] do influence curriculum            staff developer.
       favored the standardized tests.                                                  highlighted        Chappaqua’s       high                    because we care about the scores,”               Horace Greeley High School Principal
         “Testing is here to stay,” Fleishman                                           achievement on tests. At least 95 percent                    acknowledged Deputy Superintendent             Andrew Selesnick said he understood
       said, even if it presents several challenges                                     of students in grades 3-7 scored a Level                     Lyn McKay. “So yes and no…but overall          students’ anxiety over standardized tests
       in its current form.                                                             3 or 4 on the English Language Arts and                      what we have is what it should be.”            and that it was important to help students
         One of those challenges is to make sure                                        math exams and on the science tests that                        Several board members said they are         maintain a proper perspective.
       students receive the critical thinking and                                       are given in certain grades. The lone                        confident that students are learning             “We try to send the message to
       problem solving skills crucial for success                                       exception was the eighth grade English                       beyond the tests because of a well-            students that this is not your life—keep
                                                                                                                                                     calibrated internal assessment system. In      breathing,” Selesnick said.
                                                                                                                                                     contrast to the broad assessments offered        Also at the meeting, the board
                                                                                                                                                     by state exams, the internal assessments       approved tenure appointment to three
                                                                                                                                                     are held on a one-to-one basis, where          staff members: Patricia Paterson and
                                                                                                                                                     a student is asked—depending on age            John Kramer, teaching assistants at
                                                                                                                                                     level—to read aloud or to themselves           Seven Bridges Middle School, and
                                                                                                                                                     and then answer a given set of questions       Regina McKie, a social studies teacher at
                                                                                                                                                     from the teacher.                              the high school.
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           Going Places
           aspiring young animators at the Boys & Girls club of northern Westchester in Mount kisco recently
           tried their hand at film creation with the jacob Burns Film center’s animator-in-residency program,
           Minds in Motion! Most of the 18 club members are pictured here with counselors Latia kyer       k
           and kevin crim. they are between the ages of nine and 12 and learned to collaboratively write,
           storyboard, direct and produce their own original stop-motion animated film. the three films created
           were unveiled at a red-carpet premiere on Sept. 24 at the jacob Burns Film center in pleasantville.

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       Good Fences Make Good Neighbors—Sometimes
                            We have all heard
                         the expression “good
                                                   In the suburbs, privacy and sound abatement                                                    Now people are thinking twice before buy-
                                                                                                                                                  ing. And while wood was favored over vinyl
                         fences make good
                         neighbors,” not re-      call for the use of fencing to assure our separate                                              when the latter was first introduced, vinyl is
                                                                                                                                                  now almost universally preferred.
                         ferring literally to                                                                                                        Today, low maintenance is the most im-
                         the construction of                    lives when we choose.                                                             portant factor in selecting materials in fenc-
                         fences between us      other’s windows without giving it a second      scallops defining each eight-foot panel, with     ing. While vinyl panels were once much
                          and our neighbors,    thought. In the suburbs, privacy and sound      gothic caps on the posts between each. Some       more expensive than wood, they are now
   By Bill Primavera      but rather to the     abatement call for the use of fencing to as-    neighbors stopped by to tell us how beauti-       comparable, if not cheaper, selling for about
                          sentiment that it’s   sure our separate lives when we choose.         ful it was. Only years later did a somewhat       $120 per eight-foot panel.
better for people to mind their own business       Sometimes, you don’t know that you have      crusty woman at the end of the road tell me          Lately, I’ve become a convert to the use of
and to respect the privacy of others. Some-     a problem that needs to be fixed with fenc-     that she considered it a “spite” fence when it    vinyl but only because its design has toned
times fences make that easier to do.            ing until an issue presents itself.             first went up and she disliked us for it until    down the shiny surface of the early prod-
   Then again, fences can create problems,         When moving to Westchester, my wife          she actually met us.                              ucts, and now it looks incredibly like wood
depending on how and why they’re used,                     and I had only one requirement:         It is apparent that six-foot fencing has be-   grain. And, it lasts and lasts.
how they are designed and how                              the home we purchased must be        come a necessary part of our lifestyle today.        The former tradition of four-foot high
they look to their neighbors. Com-                         an historic one in good condi-       When considering the design and imple-            fencing between properties allowed neigh-
munity codes have gotten stricter                                                                                                                 bor to relate to neighbor, and some observers
through the years to protect the            The            tion. When we found the perfect
                                                           home, it happened to be close to
                                                                                                mentation of our walls of privacy, it’s good
                                                                                                to see a guy like Tony Campanella, owner of       believe that the preferred height of six-foot
rights of surrounding residents.
We all know about the recent            Home               a well-traveled road, as most 18th
                                                           century homes are, but there was
                                                                                                Campanella Fence Company in Mahopac.
                                                                                                He knows everything about the product,
                                                                                                                                                  fences today may have become a symbol for
                                                                                                                                                  the state of too many of our neighborhoods:
controversy surrounding the con-
struction of a tall fence in front of
a property in Bedford, occupied by
                                        Guru               a line of young deciduous trees
                                                           between us and the passing cars.
                                                                                                its installation and the differences in town
                                                                                                codes, so he can advise customers on the
                                                                                                                                                  cold, impersonal and isolating.
                                                                                                                                                     A likely compromise to deal with our
                                                                                                                                                  walled-in bastions of privacy would be to
                                                           It was September when we closed      best product and design for their properties.
a restaurant owned by a famous actor.           and the leaves were still on the trees, but        When asked about trends in fencing to-         make a conscious effort to live more gre-
   At one time, homeowners constructed          at the end of October when the leaves fell,     day, Campanella stated emphatically that          gariously within our own neighborhoods.
stone walls along their property boundaries     we suddenly felt a little more exposed than     “the hottest trend right now is the ‘good         I, for one, have taken to walking as exercise
to clear the land for farming or to contain     we wanted to be. I checked with our town’s      neighbor’ fence, which looks the same on          once more, so that I’m now out on the street,
livestock. But as our farmland evolved to       code and found that only a four-foot high       both sides.” The issue he brings up is one        greeting neighbors personally as I pass their
grow houses instead of vegetables, fruits and   fence was allowed on the front and sides        that has caused homeowners recently to            homes. When I seek privacy, I have that op-
grains, fences began to serve different pur-    of a property and it seemed to us that any-     seek redress against neighbors who have           tion with fencing that adds, rather than de-
poses. By Victorian times, wooden or iron       thing short of six feet wouldn’t serve our      placed the “ugly” side of a fence, the one        tracts, from the beauty of my home.
fences were designed to ornament a prop-        purposes. I applied for a variance and it was   showing all the construction elements, fac-
erty. By the 20th century, however, when we     approved.                                       ing away from their properties.                     Bill Primavera is a licensed Realtor® (www.
could look across our own property and see         Rather than the stockade fencing that           Further, Campanella said that in the boom and marketing
into a neighbor’s windows, fences took on       was so popular at the time, we remained in      years, only the best would do and money           practitioner ( who
new meaning and purpose.                        keeping with the tone of the home by using      seemed to be no object in securing the best       can be reached for questions or comment at
   In the city, neighbors hear each other       flat-board cedar, with gracefully dipping       fencing products to enhance a home’s value. or directly at 914-
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Global Warming’s Impact on the Wine Industry
                      The     threat     of    order indeed.                                 Northern and Southern hemispheres.             unknown component of winemaking.
                    global warming has            Climate is one of the most sensitive       New wine producing areas further north           The next critical step in identifying
                    been growing at an         components of producing quality wines.        in Europe and North America would be           and addressing global warming is
                    accelerated pace for       Projections have been offered of the          created and would replace decimated            in Copenhagen in December when
                    the past five years.       impact of rising global temperatures on       areas in current locales. Greenland could      industrialized countries meet to negotiate
                    The G-20 meetings          components of the wine industry such as       actually become a green land of grape          the next phase of the Kyoto Protocol. May
                    this past week have        grape production, the quality of wine and     crops.                                         calm heads prevail and concrete actions
                    emphasized       where     even the displacement of vineyards.              3. A number of current wine regions         be enacted.
        By          our planet is heading         Ironically, in Europe the summer heat      in Europe and the United States would
 Nick Antonaccio if we don’t have a            waves, hailstorms and diseases                             virtually disappear, unable to       Nick Antonaccio is a 30-year Pleasantville
                    global program of          of the last four vintages have                             sustain their terroir.            resident. For 10 years he has conducted
cooperation to stem the tide of melting ice    resulted in several highly             You Heard It           4. Displacement of grapes      wine tastings and lectures and is co-host
caps, rising temperatures and increased        regarded vintages. Adept               Through the         such as Pinot Noir, which         of Glass Up, Glass Down, a local cable

carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.              winemakers have been able                                  is extremely sensitive to         television series on wine and food that can
  Notwithstanding the naysayers, who           to compensate for these                                    temperature, would occur.         be seen on and offers
point to recent weather patterns and           phenomena–so far--but the                                  Could this foretell the end of    personalized wine tastings and wine travel
other anecdotal information to counter         individual terroirs of vineyards                           Burgundy (and other favored       services at www.WineAdventuresLLC.
the concerns expressed in many quarters,       and the unique wines that                                  wine regions) as we know it?      com. You can reach him at nantonaccio@
the consensus is that significant changes      are produced from these                                       5. Improved climates would
are coming to our planet in the next 50 to     vineyards are at risk. The wine industry      emerge in regions that currently struggle
100 years unless a conscientious effort is     has been lulled into complacency by the       to produce quality wine–e.g. England
made to cut back on global practices that      short-term effects of the warming planet.     and northern Germany. Producers from
have been in place since the dawn of the       At a recent conference held by a Spanish      the Champagne region, in anticipation of
Industrial Revolution.                         wine expert, it was pointed out that the      looming changes, have begun to evaluate
  Recently, I’ve been focusing on the          recent vintages are a contradiction of what   land purchases in Champagne–like
potential effects of global warming on a       to expect in the future as climates continue  terroirs of England that are critical for
somewhat micro level that is dear to me:       to get warmer.                                the style of wine produced in the French
what is the potential impact on the global        Here are select findings of the            Champagne region. Anecdotal evidence
wine industry?                                 Greenpeace and United Nations reports:        shows that sparkling wines are now being
  I came across several reports in the            1. Higher temperatures would produce       produced for the first time in England--
mainstream media, from Greenpeace              earlier maturing crops (less “hang-time”      and have won international blind tasting
and the United Nations, which have             equals less robust grapes) and crops          competitions.
focused on projecting the effects of           subject to an increased number of days of        6. Countries that rely on wine
global warming on the wine producing           heat that would change the characteristics    exports would suffer severe economic
nations–primarily       France.      These     and flavor profile of grapes. The intricate   consequences. Wine is a significant
reports are generating concerns among          balance of sugar and acid that define         component of the economies of France
winemakers, but unfortunately I haven’t        a wine would be altered, resulting in         and Italy.
yet seen a comprehensive or cohesive           radically different wines than have              What has taken centuries to achieve
groundswell that bodes well for stemming       been meticulously refined by artisanal        in vineyards by artisanal winemakers
the inexorable tide bearing down on            winemakers over centuries of working in       is potentially threatened by influences
us. A number of experts have called for        a symbiotic relation with nature.             outside their power. We still have time to
a reduction in worldwide greenhouse               2. Increased temperatures would force      stem the tide, to slow the pace. The current
emissions of between 20 and 40 percent         the displacement of vineyards 600 miles       advantage of localized terroir may become
by 2020 to halt the current trends. A tall     beyond their current locations in the         the “terror” of terroir as it morphs into an

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  The Examiner is happy to help spread the         tion required. Info and registration: 914-      to each film, program notes and discus-          Academic Arts Theatre, 75 Grasslands Rd.,
word abut your community event. Please             962-6402.                                       sions. Hosted by Professor Bill Constanzo.       Valhalla. 8 p.m. $20. Students and seniors:
submit your information at least three weeks          “The Business of Green.” A workshop          Westchester Community College, 75 Grass-         $18. Children under 13: $13. Info and tick-
prior to your event to mwilbur@theexamin-          that will explore entrepreneurial opportu-      lands Rd., Valhalla. 8 p.m. Single admission:    ets: 914-606-6262 or                                        nities and marketing trends in the growing      $11. Seniors: $10. Info: 914-606-6700.              Patti LuPone. To perform her acclaimed
                                                   green economy. The Women’s Enterprise              The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. With           “Matters of the Heart” cabaret program.
Tuesday, Sept. 29                                  Development Center’s lobby board room,          Dutch violinist Janine Jansen. Concert Hall      Concert Hall of the Performing Arts Center
  Look Good, Feel Better. Certified beau-          1133 Westchester Ave., White Plains. 7 to       of the Performing Arts Center at Purchase        at Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Rd.,
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provided. Northern Westchester Hospital’s          of space exploration. Former CBS News              Pleasantville Fall Sales Day. Unique          couples for the birth of their first child.
Conference Center, 400 E. Main St., Mount          space producer Mark Kramer will recount         shops, great restaurants and other eateries      Northern Westchester Hospital, 400 E.
Kisco. 5 to 6:30 p.m. Registration required.       his personal experiences, describes tech-       throughout the village. Fill out a free raffle   Main St., Mount Kisco. 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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a craft for children who are walking under            Italian-Americans in Organized La-              Saw Mill River Audubon’s 43rd Annual          Rainbeau Ridge, 49 David’s Way, Bedford
two and a half years old. Mount Pleasant           bor. Guest speaker Andy Pallotta will trace     Bird Seed Sale. New Castle Town Hall park-       Hills. 1 to 4 p.m. $30 per family. Info: 914-
Public Library, 350 Bedford Rd., Pleasant-         the history of Italian-Americans in the         ing lot, 200 S. Greeley Ave., Chappaqua. 9       234-2197 or
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769-0548.                                          Community College’s Classroom Building,         online:             books, lively discussion and delicious
   Book an Adventure. Stories and a simple         Room 100, 75 Grasslands Rd., Valhalla. 8           Pleasantville Lions Club’s 2nd Annual         snacks. For children in grades 3-4; with an
craft for children three years old and up;         p.m. Free. Info: 914-606-6790.                  Horseshoe Tournament. Proceeds will go           adult. 195 S. Greeley Ave., Chappaqua. 2
with an adult. Mount Pleasant Public Li-              Karaoke DJ Debuts. Leave your troubles       to the Interfaith Emergency Food Pantry          p.m. Free. Registration required. Info and
brary, 350 Bedford Rd., Pleasantville. 11 to       behind, grab a friend or come solo for a fun    of Pleasantville. Roselle Park, Pleasantville.   registration: 914-238-4779.
11:30 a.m. Free. Info: 9140769-0548.               night of singing and/or listening to favorite   Open to all 12 years old and up in two-            “An Appetite For Music.” Featuring Fred
   Italian American II: A Beautiful Song.          tunes. Special bar menu features delicious      person teams. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $15 per          Child, PBS announcer of Live from Lincoln
A documentary film, narrated by Julius             Asian Fusion fare. Spoon, 413-415 King St.,     participant. Cash prizes and trophies. Hot       Center and award-winning host of Ameri-
LaRosa, celebrates icons from Dante to Si-         Chappaqua. 9 p.m. to closing. Every Thurs-      dogs, hamburgers, water and soda available       can Public Media’s “Performance Today,”
natra. Westchester Community College’s             day Info: 914-238-1988 or www.spoona-           for purchase. Info: www.PleasantvilleNY-         along with the internationally-acclaimed
Classroom Building, Room 100, 75 Grass-                                                                Music from Copland House ensemble.
lands Rd., Valhalla. 11:15 a.m. Free. Info:                                                           Armonk Outdoor Art Show. Commu-               Merestead, 455 Byram Lake Rd., Mount
914-606-6790.                                      Friday, Oct. 2                                  nity Park, Armonk. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $9.         Kisco. 3 p.m. $25. Friends of Copland
   Here We Are Together. Songs and sto-               Giant Tag Sale. To benefit the Westchester   Rain or shine. Also Oct. 4. Info: 914-806-       House: $20. Students (with ID): $10. Info
ries for children through five years old; with     Concert Singers. Furniture, collectibles,       6307 or                and tickets: 914-788-4659 or e-mail office@
an adult. Siblings welcome. Mount Pleasant         equipment, appliances, books, jewelry, toys,       Saturday Morning Stories. Stories for
Public Library, 125 Lozza Drive, Valhalla.         LPs, music, bric-a-brac, clothes, etc. 107      children two and a half years old and their
1:30 to 1:50 p.m. Free. Info: 914-741-0276.        Bedford, Rd., Pleasantville. (corner of Man-    families. Mount Pleasant Public Library,         Monday, October 5
   Fall Craft Table. Mount Pleasant Public         ville Road/Route 117) 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rain     350 Bedford Rd., Pleasantville. 11 to 11:30         Saw Mill River Audubon Hawk Watch
Library, 350 Bedford Rd., Pleasantville. 2:30      or shine. Also Oct. 3. Info and to donate       a.m. Free. Also Oct. 10, 17, 24 and 31. Info:    at Chestnut Ridge. Butler Sanctuary,
to 4:30 p.m. Free. Children under five years       tax-deductible items: 914-941-2707.             914-769-0548.                                    Chestnut Ridge Road, Bedford. 9 a.m.
old may need assistance completing the                Livable Communities: A Vision For All           New Castle Community Day. Rides for           Suggested donation: $5 per person. Info
craft. Info: 914-769-0548.                         Ages. The Westchester County Department         children, food, music,community organiza-        and registration: 914-666-6503 or e-mail
   Report From Gaza. Four residents in             of Senior Programs and Services presents        tions, environmental education and blood to regis-
a recent delegation to the Gaza Strip will         a regional all-day conference regarding liv-    drive. Chappaqua Train Station Plaza,            ter.
discuss conditions on the ground and the           able communities issues such as transporta-     Chappaqua. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rain Venue:            Preschool Playgroup. Come meet other
prospect for peace. Pace University’s Lein-        tion, affordable housing, intergenerational     Robert E. Bell Middle School, 50 Senter St.,     parents and babysitters while your children
hard Lecture Hall, 861 Bedford Rd., Pleas-         programs and more. Westchester Marriott,        Chappaqua. Info: 914-602-3410 or www.            play. For children up to five years old and
antville. 7 p.m. Free. RSVP: info@wespac.          670 White Plains Rd., Tarrytown. 9 a.m. to                                 their caregivers. Mount Pleasant Public Li-
org.                                               5 p.m. $50. (Includes continental break-           Hudson River Potters Show & Sale.             brary, 350 Bedford Rd., Pleasantville. 10:45
                                                   fast, lunch and networking session.) Info       Exceptional displays of finely handcrafted       to11:30 a.m. Free. Also Oct. 26. Info: 914-
Thursday, Oct. 1                                   and registration: 914-813-6406 or www.          pottery in varieties from functional to          769-0548.
   Boot Camp Charity Fundraiser For                sculptural created by local artists. Muscoot        Here We Are Together. Songs and sto-
the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of                 Edible Haunted Houses. Students in           Farms, Route 100, Somers. 12 to 4 p.m. Ev-       ries for children up to five years old; with
America. Every participant will receive a          grades 5-12 are invited to create haunted       ery Saturday and Sunday in October, plus         an adult. Mount Pleasant Public Library,
two-week pass. Kapatid Martial Arts, 175           houses to eat. Chappaqua Library Theater,       Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 12. Info:             125 Lozza Drive, Valhalla. 1:30 to 1:50 p.m.
Tompkins Ave., Pleasantville. 10 a.m. $50          195 S. Greeley Ave., Chappaqua. 3 p.m. Free.                      Free. Siblings welcome. Also Oct. 7, 14, 19,
donation to the CCFA. Info: Contact Amy            Space is limited. Registration required. Info      Nature Journaling. By recording in            21, 26 and 28. Info: 914-741-0276.
Murray at 914-238-8108.                            and registration: 914-238-4779 or www.          words and drawings the stories that un-             Asthma Update. Dr. Lewis Kass will
   Book An Adventure. Stories and a sim-                            fold in the natural world, you can capture       discuss the subtle ways in which children
ple craft for children three years old and            Sukkah Open House and Pot-Luck               that elusive moment in time. Adults only.        present asthma symptoms and the many
up; with an adult. Mount Pleasant Public           Shabbat Dinner. Celebrate with fun fam-         Teatown Lake Reservation’s Nature Center,        illnesses that can be misdiagnosed as asth-
Library, 125 Lozza Drive, Valhalla. 10:30          ily games, crafts and treats in our Sukkah.     1600 Spring Valley Rd., Ossining. 1 to 2:30      ma. Dr. Praveen Rudraraju will discuss the
to 11 a.m. Free. Also Oct. 8, 15, 22 and 29.       We’ll provide the chicken, challah and des-     p.m. Members: Free. Non-members: $5              symptoms of exercise induced asthma and
Info: 914-741-0276.                                sert, you bring a non-dairy, nut-free side      (plus material fees). Info and registration:     available treatment options. Saw Mill Club,
   Here We Are Together. Songs and sto-            dish for this Shabbat dinner and harvest        914-762-2912 ext. 110 Tuesday through            77 Kensico Drive, Mount Kisco. 6:30 p.m.
ries for children up to five years old; with an    festival. Rosenthal JCC, 600 Bear Ridge Rd.,    Sunday.                                          Registration required. Info and registration:
adult. Mount Pleasant Public Library, 350          Pleasantville. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. $18 per fam-      Northern Westchester Solar Power              914-666-1383 or e-mail sshapiro@nwhc.
Bedford Rd., Pleasantville. 11 to 11:20 a.m.       ily. RSVP required. Info and RSVP: 914-         Tour. Visiting Solar Powered Homes in            net.
Free. Siblings welcome. Also Oct. 6, 8, 15         741-0333.                                       Somers and Yorktown. Tour starts at Som-            Navigating the Common Application:
and 27. Info: 914-769-0548.                           Community Scholarship Fund of                ers Public Library, Reis Park, Route 139,        Strategies for Success. College admis-
   Multilingual Mother Goose. Share and            Pleasantville Fall Gathering. All proceeds      Somers at 1 p.m. Info and registration: E-       sions consultant Dr. Gay Stebbins Pepper
learn rhymes and songs in different lan-           to benefit Pleasantville High School seniors    mail your name, email address and number         provides practical advice for high school
guages. Infant to five years old; with an adult.   through scholarship awards. St. Johns Epis-     of people who will attend to STRWorks@           seniors to help them understand what col-
Chappaqua Public Library, 195 S. Greeley           copal Church, 8 Sunnyside Ave., Pleasant- or call Jeffrey H. Poritzky        leges are looking for in the college common
Ave., Chappaqua. 2:15 p.m. Free. Also Oct.         ville. Gourmet hors d’oeuvres, dessert and      at 914-772-3165 with comments or ques-           application and the personal essay. Katonah
8, 15 and 22. Registration required. Info          cocktails. $50. 7:30 p.m. Space limited Info:   tions.                                           Village Library, 26 Bedford Rd., Katonah. 7
and registration: 914-238-4779.                    914-741-5891.                                      The Mystical Arts of Tibet. Song and          p.m. Free. Registration required. Info and
   Breast Cancer Support Group. North-                Westchester Community College’s Fall         dance performed by the famed multiphonic         registration: 914-232-3508 or e-mail ka-
ern Westchester Hospital, 400 E. Main St.,         2009 Friday Night Film Series. “The Edge        singers of Tibet’s Drepung Loseling Mon-
Mount Kisco. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Registra-        of Heaven.” Includes a brief introduction       astery. Westchester Community College’s                                                             September 29 - October 5, 2009                                                                                     17

Local Theater Buff Comes Alive with Armonk Players
By Janie Rosman                                                                                          “Dead Men Don’t Itch” at the Newman             day,” Arco said.
   When the Armonk Players read “Dead                                                                    Theatre in 2003. When it closed in 2004,          This philosophy urged him to send “Dead
Men Don’t Itch” next week, its playwright                                                                Arco joined The Players’ casts of “The          Men Don’t Itch” out on speculation.
and director John R. Arco will be smiling                                                                Spitfire Grill” and “Prelude to a Kiss” and       “Many groups are hesitant to do original
broadly.                                                                                                 directed “Dearly Departed.”                     work for fear no one will come to the
   “They are giving me the opportunity to                                                                   “It was a work in progress, and hearing      performances,” said Arco, who belongs
showcase my play as part of their “Simply                                                                the actors say your words on stage helped       to the Dramatists Guild of America.
Theatre!” series and I’m extremely grateful                                                              the process,” Arco said.                        “They feel a need to produce a known
to them,” Arco said.                                                                                        Nothing instilled acting reality into Arco   commodity.”
   Arco’s two-act play received acclaim                                                                  more than the late Sir Mort Clark’s theater       This community theater professional
from the Theatre Association of New                                                                      classes at WCC.                                 with more than 25 years of experience,
York State for acting, direction and scenic                                                                 “When you’re 17 and 18 you think, ‘He’s      doing everything from acting and directing
design after its March 6, 2008, premier                                                                  calling me names in class, yet he was really    to pouring lemonade and iced tea during
by Harlequin Productions of Cayuga                                                                       preparing me,’” Arco said of the respected      intermissions, might just be him.
Community College in Auburn, N.Y. He                                                                     educator. “The truth is, you’ll be lucky          Admission is free for the Armonk
will be reading on Oct. 7 at Whippoorwill                                                                if you get one role of the hundred you          Players’ reading of “Dead Men Don’t Itch,”
Hall, 19 Whippoorwill Road East in                                                                       auditioned for, and Mort conditioned us         but voluntary donations are accepted. For
Armonk at 8 p.m.                                                                                         to this.”                                       more information on the Armonk Players
   Film noir genre is a favorite of Arco, 52,                                                               A football injury at the end of his          visit
                                                a scene from “Scotland road” by jeffrey hatcher and
a graduate of Pleasantville High School,                                                                 freshman year in high school jump-
                                                directed by Mara Mills. john r. arco, seen here with
the University of Texas at Austin and Pace                                                               started Arco’s drama career. The drama
                                                actress Seanna o’Donnell, played a man obsessed
University. He’s also a history buff and                                                                 teacher was looking for characters for
                                                with the titanic in the twilight Zone-ish play about a
taught American History studies as part                                                                  “The Crucible” and asked Arco to join the
                                                beautiful young woman found floating on an iceberg
of the alternative education program at                                                                  cast, he said. Two years later, he made his
                                                in the north atlantic in 1988.
Pleasantville High School. When the topic                                                                singing debut in the school’s first musical,
changed to theater, Arco’s voice perked up.                                                              “The Fantasticks” by Harvey Schmidt and
   “Raymond Chandler, Bogart movies and                                                                  Tom Jones.
films from the 1940s and 1950s, these were         “She (Mills) was like a sister to me,”                   “He cast me as Hucklebee, the boy’s                           Ages 2-5
my inspiration. I love them,” he said.          Arco said. “Working with her was one of                  father, even though I had never sung in                N.Y.S. Dept. of Education Registered

   Written in 2002, “Dead Men Don’t                                                                                                                         Our dedicated, professional staff is
                                                the greatest experiences of my life.”                    public in my life. Ever,” Arco recalled of         trained in Early Childhood Education
Itch” was originally presented as a staged         “John did everything from playwright to               the teacher.
reading at the Herbert Mark Newman                                                                          Thus began a steady involvement in                 •Large Outdoor Playground
                                                assistant producer to organizing to being                                                                        •Special Music Program
Theatre in Pleasantville where he worked        just John, which is pretty terrific,” Mills              community theater despite its—and his—
                                                                                                                                                                    •Parent Workshops
as an associate producer/director/actor.        said.                                                    unforgiving schedules. Most recently,                       •Educational Trips
During his years with that theater, at its         Arco said Mills taught him to “find                   Arco worked the midnight-to-8 a.m. shift            •Certified Movement Instruction
home base at the Richard G. Rosenthal           the truth in the character you portray, to               at Mount Pleasant Cottage School.                       •Small Group Enrichment
Jewish Community Center, Arco was               understand the subtext that drives a scene                  While two of his favorite quotes are                    •Computer Sessions
fortunate to work with its artistic director    or character, and to stay in the moment,                 from Ralph Kramden and Charlie Brown,
Mara Mills.                                                                                              the one he relates to most was uttered                   (914) 238-4800
                                                even after exiting the stage.”                                                                                    120 and 300 King Street
   “John fit in there as an actor and knows        Her wisdom went beyond the stage. “I’ve               by John Lennon: “’Life is what happens                     Chappaqua, NY 10514
how to feel on stage,” she said of his          been lucky enough to be able to utilize all              to you while you’re busy making other          
performance in the theater’s “Mainstage”        of this into my writing as well,” he said.               plans’ means we should try to enjoy and            Pre-School of Excellence since 1958
series production “The Grapes of Wrath.”           Mills produced a staged reading of                    appreciate every single minute of every

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Big Win Over Briarcliff Keeps Panthers Unbeaten
By Emily Exton
   Both the Briarcliff and Pleasantville
football teams had romped to successive
victories in their first two games this
season, so last Saturday night’s annual
clash between the arch-rivals figured to be
as heated as ever. As it turned out, it was.
   The Panthers, playing the role of
unfriendly host at Parkway Field on their
Homecoming, scored a fourth-quarter
touchdown to erase a one-point deficit,
then held on the rest of the way to earn a
hard-fought 22-15 win and neighborhood
bragging rights for a third straight year.
   Afterwards, disappointed Bears’ coach
John Consorti was forced to reflect on what
might have beens. “When you have an
opportunity to win a game,” he said, “and
you can’t make plays when it counts, and                                                                                                                   Briarcliff’s jake Schlanger has some running room
you give the other team a chance to stay in                                                                                                                in Saturday night’s game against pleasantville at
the ballgame, it’s disappointing.”                                                                                                                         parkway Field.
   Meanwhile, Panther coach Tony Becerra
could savor a come-from-behind victory
for last year’s Class B sectional finalist                                                                                                                    Suddenly, the Panthers looked like a
and a big step toward a league title. “I’m                                                                                                                 completely different team with everything
very relieved because this was a true test,”                                                                                         anDy jacoBS photoS    working after their lackluster first quarter.
said Becerra. “Briarcliff is an outstanding     pleasantville quarterback nolan robinson runs past Briarcliff’s kyle roth during Saturday’s game won       “We gave up a quick eight points and we
team.”                                          by the panthers.                                                                                           moved beyond it,” said Becerra.
   The Bears had jumped to an 8-0 lead                                                                                                                        Still, Schlanger continued to lead the
in the first quarter, scoring on a 19-yard                                                                                                                 Briarcliff offense with his strong running
touchdown pass from Jamie Kaltner to                                                                                                                       game. But numerous penalties sabotaged
Jake Schlanger and then a safety. But with                                                                                                                 the Bears’ ensuing drive, creating a third-
Michael Morra rushing for a touchdown                                                                                                                      and-26 situation. Kaltner again went to
in each half and Jack Bramswig and Nolan                                                                                                                   the air looking for a first down, but he was
Robinson providing a little of everything,                                                                                                                 intercepted again, this time by Morra.
Pleasantville was able to overcome its early                                                                                                                  Morra’s interception set the stage
deficit before an overflow crowd of more                                                                                                                   for a fantastic touchdown reception by
than 1500 fans.                                                                                                                                            Bramswig. Robinson threw the ball high
   “Homecoming, Briarcliff under the                                                                                                                       and deep down the left sideline and the
lights, it’s hard to calm your nerves,” said                                                                                                               Panthers’ lanky receiver juggled the ball
Bramswig, the Panthers’ do-it-all senior                                                                                                                   before somehow managing to hold on for
captain, as rain started to fall 15 minutes                                                                                                                a 33-yard touchdown.
after the final play. “The whole school’s                                                                                                                     “I thought I dropped it and all of a
nervous.”                                                                                                                                                  sudden the ball ends up in my hands,”
   Nervous or not, both teams stepped                                                                                                                      said Bramswig. “I just fought for the
on the field anxious to stay unbeaten.                                                                                                                     end zone there.” Bramswig’s improbable
“It’s a great atmosphere and it’s a great                                                                                                                  catch provided the Panthers a 14-8 lead
opportunity for us,” said Consorti, whose                                                                                                                  they took to the locker room. During the
Bears have opened a lot of eyes with their                                                                                                                 second quarter Bramswig seemed to be
strong start, fueled by Schlanger’s eight                                                                                                                  everywhere on the field, coming up big on
touchdowns in the first two games. “I guess                                                                                                                offense and defense, while also blasting his
we’re kind of a team no one really knew                                                                                                                    kickoffs into the Bears’ end zone.
about at the beginning of the year.”                                                                                                                          In the third quarter, Kaltner’s 29-
   During Briarcliff ’s first series, the                                                                                                                  yard touchdown pass to Mike Spitalieri,
Panthers got a scare when Robinson took                                                                                                                    followed by Billy Collins’ extra point,
a hard hit on defense. He walked to the         Bears’ quarterback jamie kaltner attempts to run by pleasantville’s jack Bramswig at parkway Field last    enabled the Bears to regain the lead, 15-14.
Pleasantville bench visibly frustrated,         Saturday.                                                                                                  But Pleasantville answered with its running
rubbing his right shoulder. “My shoulder                                                                                                                                          continued on page 19
was numb, but I knew I couldn’t let it
                                                   The Bears got on the board first when
bother me,” said Robinson, who had plenty
                                                they recovered a Panther fumble on a
of other responsibility as the Panthers’
                                                punt return and Kaltner connected with
starting quarterback. “I had to lead the team
                                                Schlanger for the touchdown pass. The
and throw good passes.” For precautionary
                                                point after was blocked, but Briarcliff soon
reasons, Becerra had him remain on the
                                                added two points when Robinson was
sidelines on defense during the first half to
                                                tackled in his own end zone for a safety.
avoid any more problems.
                                                   “We gave them those points,” said
                                                Becerra. “It was on a mistake.”
                                                   But as the second quarter got underway,
                                                the Panther fortunes began to change.
                                                Danny Dwyer intercepted a Kaltner pass
                                                intended for Schlanger. The Panthers soon
                                                punted the ball away, but another pass by
                                                Kaltner was intercepted by Bramswig and
                                                Pleasantville was back in business.
                                                   “We had great pressure on Jamie Kaltner,”
                                                said Bramswig. “It was hard for him to get
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                                                by the Panther defense. Bramswig’s
                                                interception set up some strong carries by
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         Headquarters!”                         for the Panthers’ first touchdown of the
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game, as carries by Morra, Alex Aponte,
and Robinson led the offense down the
field and into the fourth quarter. After a
12-yard gain by Morra set up first-and-
goal, the senior fullback found a hole in
the right corner for his second touchdown.
Again the Panthers converted for two
points as Robinson hit Bramswig in the
end zone for a 22-15 lead.
   While Robinson had been sitting out on

‘I try and play
quarterback on the
defense also and I
try and lead the team
as much as I can on
defense and pump
them up.’
                                                                                                                                                                the panthers’ alex aponte picks up some
                                                                                                                                                                yardagein the win over Briarcliff.
defense for much of the game, he was eager
to return to his linebacker position. “At
the end,” said Becerra, “he promised me
he wouldn’t use his shoulder so I put him
in. We needed him, we were getting killed         Fullback Michael Morra, who scored a pair of touchdowns for pleasantville, tries to break a tackle in the
there to his side. We needed him, and he          second half of Saturday’s game.
came through big.”
   Robinson made sure his team would
not relinquish the lead, making three
successive tackles to force a Briarcliff punt.
Those were true statement plays from the
quarterback and team leader, as Robinson
helped bring his offensive unit back on the
field. “I think our defense played great,”
Robinson said. “I try and play quarterback
on the defense also and I try and lead the
team as much as I can on defense and pump
them up. I knew I had it in me to make big
plays and I did, and we got the ball back.”                                                                                                                     the all-around contributions from jack Bramswig
   Robinson still had a few more big plays                                                                                                                      have pleasantville pointed in the right direction.
left in him, later accounting for Kaltner’s
fourth interception of the game and then
running for a key first down that left
Briarcliff unable to get the ball back as the                                                                                                                      So now the dejected Briarcliff players
clock was winding down. On that series, he                                                                                                                      can only hope for a rematch. “I think we
also had a 33-yard run, zigzagging down                                                                                                                         stacked up pretty well,” said Schlanger.
the field escaping tackles.                                                                                                                                     “We just didn’t play when it counted.
   With two and a half minutes left,                                                                                                                            They’re a good team. I definitely think we’ll
Pleasantville faced a fourth-and-two close                                                                                                                      see them again, possibly in the Section
to midfield. The Panthers set up to punt                                                                                                                        championship.”
before taking a timeout, during which                                                                                                                              Consorti, though, knows it’s a long way
Robinson convinced his coaches and                                                                                                                              until that happens. “Next week we get ready
teammates he could run for the game-                                                                                                                            for Game Four,” he said. “Hopefully, we can
clinching first down. He got the first down                                                                                                                     learn something from it. We continually
and Briarcliff never got the chance to even                                                                                                                     make the same mistakes over and over
the score. “Nolan just had that fire in his                                                                                                                     again. It’s very disappointing. When you
eyes,” observed Bramswig. “Coach said he                                                                                                                        can’t make plays when it counts, and they
couldn’t turn down Nolan right there and                                                                                                                        did, they deserve to win the game.”
Nolan said he was going to get the first
down and we got the first down.”
   Turnovers proved to be the difference
in the Panthers’ seven-point win and
Kaltner later took responsibility for the
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   “He was a lot better than I thought,” said
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                                                  just to contain him.”                                  in the aftermath of a loss. “It doesn’t really
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Big Fourth Quarter Lifts Foxes Past Poughkeepsie
 By Andy Jacobs
   Week after week, opposing teams are learning what a
lethal passing combination Fox Lane has in quarterback
Jesse Hunt and wide receiver Timmy Muller. Add
Poughkeepsie to the list after what happened on Saturday
afternoon with the Pioneers just a couple of minutes from
   Hunt’s 27-yard touchdown pass to Muller with 2:27 left
on the clock capped a furious fourth-quarter comeback
by the Foxes that lifted them to a wild 34-28 league win on
the road. Fox Lane had
   begun the final quarter behind by 14 points, but two
Hunt-to-Muller TD passes turned the game around and
kept the Foxes unbeaten halfway through their schedule.
   “Jesse and Tim, that combo is just unbelievable,” said
Fox Lane coach Bill Broggy moments after his giddy 3-0
team had concluded its on-field celebrating. “I mean,
they’re the best combo in Section One. I’ll tell that to
   The Foxes found themselves trailing 28-14 late in the
third period before Hunt, who had been
   under siege until then by the Pioneer pass rush, and
Muller, who had been making his impact on defense,
stepped up to provide their offensive fireworks on a
picture-postcard afternoon in Dutchess County.
   The two seniors combined for a pivotal first-down pass
play to the Pioneer 27-yard-line with the Foxes staring at                                                                                                                                            anDy jacoBS photo
a third-and-11. The 12-play scoring drive was later kept                  Quarterback jesse hunt drops back to pass as noah hammer (left) and harrison Gutierrez provide blocking in Fox Lane’s win over poughkeepsie.
alive when another third-and-long pass to Muller turned
into an interference penalty. Karanja Elliot soon scored
on the Foxes’ second play of the fourth quarter, running                  Hunt was sacked for the sixth                                                        “We realized that when we went
the ball in from a yard out. Poughkeepsie still led by eight              time, but a facemask penalty gave                                                  unbalanced, they only kept one guy
points, but Hunt and Muller were just getting started.                    the Foxes another first down.                                                      over there with no help over the
   A three-and-out series led to a Pioneer punt, which was                  On third-and-14 at the                                                           top,” he said. “Number five (Dane
blocked by Noah Hammer, setting the Foxes up at the                       27-yard-line, Fox Lane lined three                                                 Myers) was getting tired at the end
Poughkeepsie 14. It took just one play for Hunt to find                   receivers on the right with Muller                                                 and we knew we could beat him
Muller over the middle for a touchdown that narrowed                      alone on the left. Hunt stepped                                                    with that slant and go. We faked
the Fox deficit to two points with 9:25 remaining. On the                 back to pass and lofted the ball                                                   the slant inside and we were able to
two-point conversion, Hunt lofted the ball toward Muller                  down the left sideline toward his                                                  get to the outside. Perfectly thrown
in the far right corner of the end zone. Stretched out                    favorite target. Muller caught the                                                 ball, Jesse did it all.”
parallel to the ground, Muller made a spectacular grab as                 ball in stride over his shoulder.                                                    Poughkeepsie did have one last
he landed in the laps of spectators seated in the nearby                  He tumbled to the ground, half                                                     chance and began with good field
end zone bleachers. But he was over the end line and the                  the ball crossing the goal line for                                                position at its own 35. The Pioneers
Pioneers maintained their slim lead.                                      the game-winning touchdown.                                                        moved the ball all the way to the
   Broggy had to be terrified when he saw his star receiver               Elliot, who finished the day with                                                  Foxes’ 42, but on fourth-and seven
crashing into the old wooden bleachers                                    two rushing TDs, then ran in for                                                   with 47 seconds left Fabien Stone’s
   that were built a bit too close to the field. “It’s funny, I           the two-point conversion.                                                          desperation pass to Jovan Wilkens
looked at that when we got here,” he admitted.                              “We saw that they weren’t really                                                 was knocked away. For the first
   “I said, ‘Oh boy, that’s a little scary.’”                             doubling Tim,” said Broggy about                                                   time all afternoon, Broggy could
   It probably was a little scary to Poughkeepsie that Muller             the decisive pass play. “So if you’re                                              breathe a sigh of relief.
was able to make such a remarkable catch, even though                     gonna single Tim, we’re gonna                                                        “It was a great high school
he landed just out of bounds. Broggy, of course, has seen                 win that match.”                                                                   football game, great high school
him enough to expect those kind of heroics. “Tim makes                      Muller, who had recovered the Foxes’ Matt Manjuck rushed for 61 yards in football game,” he said. “I’m just
a million of those plays,” he said. “He’s a human highlight               a fumble at the Poughkeepsie Saturday’s road win over poughkeepsie.                 so proud of the kids. At 28-14,
film, the kid.”                                                           one-yard-line late in the second                                                    we could’ve packed it. We’re a
   At the time, Muller was disappointed that he couldn’t                  quarter, setting up Elliot’s first touchdown that gave the young team. Some of these kids have never been in this
land inbounds to even the score. “That’s huge to tie it up,”              Foxes a 14-13 lead, expected he would be involved in the   environment before.”
he said. “To be that close, I definitely regret not getting it            game’s biggest play.                                          Fox Lane had routed its first two opponents this season,
in. But we knew we’d get the ball back.”                                                                                             wrapping up both games by the end of the third quarter.
   They did get the ball back, almost immediately, as                                                                                But talented Poughkeepsie, with its multidimensional
Poughkeepsie couldn’t move it and was forced to punt                                                                                 quarterback, Jarrid Williams, and two standout defensive
again. The Foxes started at their own 42 with 7:43 left in                                                                           tackles, posed a far more serious threat. Despite needing
the game. On third-and-three,                                                                                                        less than a minute and a half to get on the scoreboard
   Hunt hit Muller with a flare pass to the Pioneer 44. The                                                                          against the Pioneers with a 22-yard TD pass from Hunt
drive might have stalled at the Poughkeepsie 31 when                                                                                 to John Horner, the Foxes faced quite a struggle start to
                                                                                                                                        “Going into halftime, we were like, ‘If we don’t make
                                                                                                                                     mistakes, we can win this game,’” said Broggy. “We did
                                                                                                                                     play better in the second half and that was key. We gave up
                                                                                                                                     some big plays, but we had a great fourth quarter.”

Fox Lane’s tim Muller falls to the ground after recovering a first-half
poughkeepsie fumble in Saturday’s road win. he caught two tD passes       Fox Lane defensive end cameron Stephens pressures poughkeepsie           Sean jones of Fox Lane tries to break free during a kickoff return
in the fourth quarter as the Foxes overcame a 14-point deficit.           quarterback jarrid Williams in the Foxes’ 34-28 win on Saturday.         in Saturday’s come-from-behind Fox win up in poughkeepsie.                                                           September 29 - October 5, 2009                                                                                           21


Gaels Topple Westlake with Potent Ground Attack
By Zach Smart
   John F. Kennedy coach Rob Schwartz has
illustrated the point time and time again
this season.
   When injury-prone running back Dylan
Schuck stays on the field the Gaels are a
much better football team.
   Offensively and defensively, Schuck in-
jects a brand of swagger, grit, and veteran
savvy in the Gaels. That is, of course, when
he’s able to stay on the field. .
   Schwartz’ words would prove prophetic
Saturday at Westlake High. Schuck was
ground snaking and tackle-breaking all
afternoon. He had a hand in nearly every
significant play.
    He picked off a pass and took it back
for a touchdown. He bulled his way to the
end zone, with Wildcats trying to gang
tackle him, to no avail. Schuck scored three
touchdowns in the first half.
   Simply put, the workhorse back proved
that speed really does kill.
   The result?
   The Gaels shut down the Wildcats of-
fense and penetrated the teeth of a stagnant                                                                                                               Sophomore quarterback john D’onofrio of
defense, en route to a 23-6 shellacking be-                                                                                                                Westlake gets set to throw the ball in the Wildcats’
fore a bi-partisan crowd.                                                                                                                                  loss to kennedy catholic on Saturday.
   This loss, following a store-selling loss
to Irvington the previous week, a game in
which the Wildcats squandered a 23-8 lead                                                                                                                  tempo and momentum for the Gaels.
(losing 26-23), dipped this youthful West-                                                                                                                     “That was a big momentum boost,” ex-
lake team’s record to 0-3.                                                                                                                                 plained Schuck. “I mean all throughout the
   “(When Schuck) stays on the field, we’re                                                                                                                game we were pretty high on ourselves, and
a great team,” said Schwartz, whose team                                                                                          Steven corvino photoS    that just put it over the top.”
registered its most lopsided victory of the     Westlake’s andrew Mancusi carries the ball during Saturday’s home loss to kennedy catholic that dropped        Westlake coach Rich Hennessey, never a
season, improving to 2-1.                       the Wildcats to 0-3 this season.                                                                           coach who harps on wins or losses, looked
    “He cramps up, he had an ankle sprain                                                                                                                  at the loss as another learning experience.
in the beginning of the season. But he                                                                                                                         “We’re a young, growing team,” said Hen-
was healthy today. One guy doesn’t take           The fireworks began as Schuck broke off             and an interception returned for touch-              nessey. “We’ve had some injuries, moved
him down unless you take his feet out. He       a 50-yard scamper, setting up a first-and-            down—came by way of Schuck.                          some guys around. You try and take the
needs at least three guys to take him down,”    third on the 3.                                         The Gaels’ headed into the half with a             little positives out of every game, whether
Schwartz said.                                    On a pitch from quarterback Tyler Trod-             commanding 21-0 lead.                                it’s a win or a loss. There were some posi-
   Westlake struggled early, going three-       den, Schuck broke a pair of tackles and                 Schuck’s pick inside the 15 served as a            tives today, obviously not enough.”
and-out on their second possession.             bulled into the end zone. Matt Burke’s kick           dagger for the Wildcats. The opportunity                 The aforementioned Duff and Manzo
   John D’Onofrio, a sophomore gunslinger       split the uprights, giving the Gaels an early         presented itself, but it went by the wayside.        each suffered injuries during the Briarc-
thrust into the starting role following inju-   7-0 lead.                                               Ranellone scampered for a first down               liff game, which opened the door for the
ries to quarterback-turned-split end Will         Westlake’s Adam Ranellone busted                    with a thread under three minutes remain-            15-year-old D’Onofrio.
Duff (concussion) and backup quarterback        through holes and moved the chains on the             ing in the first half. He then ripped off a 20-          “John’s done a fantastic job,” said Hen-
Vinny Manzo (broken collar bone), had           ensuing possession, helping the Wildcats              yard run, setting up a first-and-ten.                nessey. “He’s growing. It’s one of those
trouble hitting his receivers. The Wildcats     march down field.                                       Miscommunication on the play gift-                 things where we asked him to do some-
had trouble holding on to the football. Add-       Westlake tried to move the ball up the             wrapped an interception for Schuck (who              thing maybe he wasn’t ready for right away
ing salt to the wound, Kennedy clamped          middle, however, and was hammered with                ran it back to the house). The play gutted           but he’s got a bright future.”
down on Westlake’s ground game.                 bone crushing hits.                                   the Wildcats’ chance to gain momentum
                                                  JFK’s next two scores—a 3-yard plunge               before the mid-way mark, upping both the

Too Many Mistakes Doomed Briarcliff High in Showdown
By Sam Barron                                                                                                                                              in a lot of areas.”
   It must have seemed like an eternity         ‘I waited my whole life                                                                                       According to Pleasantville coach Tony
for Briarcliff flanker Billy Huegel as he                                                                                                                  Becerra, the interceptions might have
looked ahead to the day he would be             for this game. It’s really                                                                                 made the difference in the outcome.
a senior facing arch-rival Pleasantville                                                                                                                   “If we don’t get those possessions, then
for neighborhood bragging rights. So
the Bears’ 22-15 loss on Saturday night
                                                     disappointing.’                                                                                       who knows if we win the game,” he said.
                                                                                                                                                           “Each was big in its own right. Turnovers
was a bitter pill for him to swallow.                                                                                                                      are huge in general.”
   “I waited my whole life for this                            BILLY HUEGEL                                                                                   At practice, Becerra preaches the impor-
game,” Huegel was saying as he exited                                                                                                                      tance of turnovers, using drills designed
the locker room of the demoralized Bears.       late in the fourth quarter and threatening                                                                 to show his players how to force them. He
“It’s really disappointing.”                    to tie the score. But a Kaltner pass was                                                                   praised his defense for the pressure they
    For the Bears, it was a loss that’s going   tipped, and ended up in Nolan Robinson’s                                                                   constantly put on Kaltner.
to haunt them for a long time. When the         hands at the Pleasantville 12-yard-line.                                                                      “I wouldn’t say they beat themselves,”
Panthers’ Nolan Robinson got the first          The Bears never recovered.                                                                                 Becerra said of the Bears. “We played
down on fourth-and-two that sealed the             “The pass was deflected,” Robinson said.                                                                them tough.”
win for Pleasantville, the Briarcliff play-     “I just dove for it and it fell right into my                                                                 Jack Bramswig had the Panthers’ sec-
ers were left to ponder a big game that got     hands. The defense played great against                                                                    ond interception of the game, picking off
away.                                           the pass all game. The interceptions were                                                                  a ball that was thrown right to him. Like
   Jamie Kaltner threw four interceptions       huge, they were game changers.”                                                                            Becerra, he praised the defense for not al-
and Briarcliff amassed more than 100               Kaltner blamed himself for the loss,                                                                    lowing Kaltner to get comfortable.
yards in penalties that snuffed out several     vowing that the mistakes would not hap-                                                                       “We made it hard on them,” Bramswig
promising drives. Conversely, the Pan-          pen again. “We’re obviously not going to                                               anDy jacoBS photo   said. “They shot themselves in the foot. It’s
thers only turned the ball over once.           win when I throw four interceptions,” he              Briarcliff quarterback jamie kaltner picks up some   huge.”
   Three of Kaltner’s interceptions came        said. “I should’ve thrown the ball away or            yardage in Saturday’s loss. But he also threw four      Huegel, meanwhile, said he hoped that
on consecutive drives. Before any of the        ran the ball. I hope we see them again the            interceptions.                                       the loss would be a wakeup call for his
interceptions, Briarcliff was leading 8-0,      playoffs.”                                                                                                 teammates. “It’s a lack of discipline,” he
but soon found itself trailing by six points.      Briarcliff coach John Consorti was dis-                                                                 said. “It can’t happen again. We need to
Any chance of a comeback win was de-            appointed with his players, knowing that                                                                   start working harder in practice. Some-
                                                                                                        “We had undisciplined play,” said Con-
railed by holding penalties. Despite the        their mistakes likely cost them a huge win.                                                                times we fool around. Our attitude toward
                                                                                                      sorti. “They (the Panthers) were very dis-
miscues, though, the Bears still found          After the game, he and his coaches had a                                                                   practice is going to have to change.”
                                                                                                      ciplined. “You don’t win when you keep
themselves down by just a touchdown             long meeting in the locker room with the              getting turned back. We need to improve
22                                                                                                         September 29 - October 5, 2009                                                                         The Examiner

MSG Launches High School Sports Channel
By Steven Corvino                                                                                                                                                                     the essentials of television production and
   Many dream of having a chance to                                                                                                                                                   train them in creating online, interactive
showcase their skills and abilities on                                                                                                                                                and television content.
television, and Cablevision is giving that                                                                                                                                              “MSG Varsity is truly about celebrating
opportunity to high school students from                                                                                                                                              the students both in front of and behind
the tri-state area.                                                                                                                                                                   the camera. Whether they are athletes
   Cablevision recently announced the                                                                                                                                                 or actors, debaters or trumpet players,
launch of MSG Varsity, a new television                                                                                                                                               students are passionate about what
network devoted to high school sports                                                                                                                                                 they do and MSG Varsity gives them
and extracurricular activities. The                                                                                                                                                   an incredible opportunity to share
network, which can be seen on Channel                                                                                                                                                 that passion with their fellow students
14 for Cablevision customers, began                                                                                                                                                   and parents,” MSG Varsity’s General
on Sept. 24. It provides access to high                                                                                                                                               Manager Theresa Chillianis stated in the
schools in Long Island, the Bronx, New                                                                                                                                                press release. “We are looking forward to
Jersey, Connecticut, Westchester and                                                                                                                                                  working hand-in-hand with our partner
Putnam Valley.                                                                                                                                                                        schools in Westchester to develop
   Cablevision has been covering high                                                                                                                                                 content that resonates with their own
school sports for decades and it has                                                                                                                                                  communities, and that will make MSG
created the first network dedicated to                                                                                                                                                Varsity unlike any other service available
high school activities. The plan is to                                                                                                                                                today.”
become “the ultimate destination of                                                                                                                                                     Sixty schools throughout the tri-state
‘everything high school,’” and capture                                  Local high school athletes could soon be getting a lot more attention with the recent arrival of MSG’s new    area have already joined the partnership
everything students are participating in,                               varsity channel.                                                                                              with MSG Varsity, including 10
according to Cablevision.                                                                                                                                                             unidentified schools from Westchester
   “All of this really goes beyond                                                                                                                                                    and Putnam Counties.
sports,” said MSG Varsity spokesperson                                     The network will also televise “The                 professionally produced content from                     “We had almost 30 schools two weeks
Kim Kerns. “Our goal is to highlight                                    Cheering Life,” a behind the scenes                    the Internet and make it accessible to                 ago, and now it’s doubled. We are working
everything that is going on at the high                                 outlook on cheerleading squads; “The                   view on television. The channel can be                 with many schools and they are all
schools and broaden their stories.”                                     Challenge,” an academic quiz show; and                 located on 614 in the interactive section              extremely excited with the opportunity.
   MSG Varsity’s multi-platform program                                 “The High School Journal,” a weekly                    for Cablevision customers.                             Many are still in the process and we
will consist of three media services. The                               show that spotlights on less televised                    “Through the partnership with the                   expect coverage to continue to expand,”
first will be a television network that will                            events that take place in high schools.                schools we will try to teach students to               said Kerns.
show 400 live-to-tape games and events,                                 And “High School Sports Showcase” will                 create content. They will get a chance to                The idea for the network originated
ranging from football to volleyball                                     broadcast live games during primetime.                 create their own services and we hope                  nearly four years ago, and Cablevision
to even academic debates. It will also                                     In addition, Cablevision will launch                that will provide extra training,” added               started to go forward with the plans four
present original programming such as                                    the Web site. The site                  Kerns. “They can go out and interview,                 months ago. The idea is a first-of-its-
“A Quick: 60,” a live call-in show which                                will provide access to schools who have                cut highlights and then place it on the                kind initiative has now become a reality.
will also provide students a chance to                                  signed a partnership with MSG Varsity                  Web site where it can eventually be seen               The partnership with Cablevision and
share their own video footage, and “High                                and offer highlights, photos, feature                  on televisions at their homes.”                        the schools is offering new possibilities
School Sports Desk,” a sports highlight                                 stories, stats, rosters and more. It will also            Students and teachers will get the                  to expand high school coverage and
show from games throughout the tri-                                     give students the opportunity to send in               opportunity to work directly with                      give students the access to become co-
state area.                                                             content they created that can eventually               producers and on-air talent to give them               producers and share their school stories
                                                                        be viewed on the MSG Varsity Interactive               the chance to learn from experts from the              with their community.
                                                                        channel.                                               field and use professional equipment to                  “We want to celebrate the positive
                                                                           MSG Varsity Interactive will give                   earn hands-on experience and be able to                stories in their hallways and have it reach
              ADOPTABLE PET              WEEK
                                OF THE
                                                                        families at home the chance to pick                    elevate their abilities. The producers and             out to their communities,” said Kerns.
                  c Apollo c                                            and choose from school-generated or                    on-air talent will instruct the students on

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    A L O O k B AC k AT T H E W E E k i n S P O r T S

                                                                                                                                                                catherine orza of Briarcliff prepares to send the
                                                                                                                                                                ball toward the Briarcliff goal in last tuesday’s 3-1
                                                                                                                                                                Bears’ field hockey win at home.

                                                                                                       Briarcliff’s Danielle Wasserman runs to a first-
                                                                                                       place finish in the girls’ cross country race last
                                                                                                       week against Westlake.

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horace Greeley’s Stephen reisert settles the ball in front of thomas elbling of Byram hills in last                                                             Mike Falco of Westlake approaches the finish line
Wednesday’s 3-0 win by the Bobcats.                                                                                                                             in last tuesday’s cross country race at Briarcliff
                                                                                                                                                                high School. he finished in third place as the
                                                                                                       Briarcliff’s Savina reid controls the ball in the        Wildcats defeated the Bears.
                                                                                                       Bears’ easy 7-0 victory over visiting keio last
                                                                                                       tuesday afternoon.

Fox Lane’s Sarah Marshall (left) and Lauren pappalardo converge to dig the ball as teammate jillian
Mcnamee looks on in Friday’s three-games-to-none volleyball victory over visiting rye.                 pleasantville’s emily Munier chases a loose ball in the panthers’ 3-1 loss at Briarcliff last week.

                                                                         Pleasantville QB Nolan Robinson
                                                                         Runs the Panthers Past Briarcliff
                                                                         Saturday Night at Parkway Field

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